By Ana Theresa Williams, BSN, RN
The whole country marked the PAD or Peripheral Arterial Disease, Awareness Day yesterday at Abreeza Ayala Mall. This was a simultaneous activity that happened in Pampanga, Cebu City and other cities now on its 11th FEETness Caravan while 2nd year in Davao City.
Diabetologist Roy Benedicto Ferrer, MD said there is a tremendous rise in foot amputation related to the complications of diabetes mellitus.
He said foot ulcer was one of the leading cause of hospital admission at the former Davao Medical Center, now Southern Philippines Medical Center, with ages ranging from 50 to 70 years old.
Dr. Ferrer said once the patient suffers from foot ulcer, there is always a co-morbid condition like diabetic neuropathy, nephropathy, among others.
“It is very important for the patient to maintain and control their blood sugar level and body weight,” he said. Proper foot care is necessary to prevent diabetic foot ulcer and PAD.
PAD is one of the very common side effects or complications of diabetes with manifestations like leg pain. This is related to the poor blood flow to your arms and legs, the same mechanism with stroke cases, cardiologist Dr. Reagan Cabahug said.
Non-healing wounds can be due to obstruction, he said.
Twelve million Fili-pinos are suffering from PAD due to the rise of people who eat in fast food restaurants.
Dr. Cabahug said among the risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, being overweight, high blood pressure and inactive lifestyle.
Every night you should inspect your feet, avoid flipflops to avoid hitting sharp objects, check for the skin color of your feet like pale color with poor blood flow while purple color means no more blood, cold sensations in one or both legs and hands, and erectile dysfunction in males.
If PAD is left untreated, it can lead to gangrene then amputation.