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BAREFOOT PILGRIMAGES ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS FOR DIABETICS

Of the 62 million diabetics in India, 25 percent develop sores, ulcers, and life-threatening infections on their feet at some point during their lifetime. On any given day, the Fortis CDOC Centre of Excellence for Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolic Diseases & Endocrinology in Delhi, is filled with patients troubled by a single affliction: diabetic feet. Dr. Amar Pal Singh Suri, podiatrist with CDOC, was busy with a 54-year-old patient at the wound management unit. The businessman had gone on a pilgrimage and returned with an ulcer on his right heel after walking up 4,000 stone steps barefoot in the height of summer. High-frequency vibrations on his feet have revealed a complete lack of sensation. 
 
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Dr. Amar Pal Singh Suri
 
 
Dr. Suri debrided the foot: cleaning it out, pulling out the bad tissues, packing it with antimicrobial gauze, attaching a vacuum to suck the pus out. The angry looking hole will be allowed to heal from inside. Despite the poking, the patient lies with a tranquil expression. "Patients suffer nerve damage due to diabetes and don't feel the pain," says Dr. Suri.
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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