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Treat diabetes the unconventional way: With footwear
Aug '09
A diabetes doctor in the city of Rajkot, Gujarat has found a rather unconventional way of treating patients by designing specialised footwear for the foot in the treatment of diabetes, rather than the conventional way of prescribing medicines.

He is one of the five other doctors in the country and the only one in Gujarat who treats ulcers related to diabetes in the legs with the help of footwear. He has also employed a trained cobbler for making these footwear in the hospital itself.

Fibre2fashion spoke to the doctor, Mr Vibhakar Vachrajaniw who said, “I am basically a general surgeon, with a special training in diabetic foot related problems and since last 10 years, I am managing only patients with foot problem and diabetes”.

He explained by saying, “The foot ulcers/wounds of diabetic patients are different, in the sense they do not heal because of neuropathy, diabetes and less blood supply in feet and the foot is like a machine on which the body moves all through out the life”.

“I am the only surgeon who has a full fledged rehabilitation centre, where we prepare specialised footwears for diabetic patients and we also produce artificial limbs and calipres for amputees and have also trained a cobbler”.

“We design footwear that provides comfort to patient by which they can easily move and the damage on leg due to diabetes is lessened. The insole and outsole are so prepared that it gives rest to the wound and prevents pressure injury to insensitive foot”, he said.

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