Category: Diabetes/Prediabetes/Hypoglycemia


Monday, Apr 8
1:00 AM – 2:00 AM

Objective :

1. To assess the knowledge of health professionals about diabetic foot and practices in prescribing in treatment.

2.To  determine the benefit of a health education talk on diabetic foot in health professionals

Methods :

Type of Study: A cross sectional study.

Study Duration :october 2018- January 2019
•Questionnaire administered to 100 hcp
•Health talk given to HCP
•Post talk Questionnaire   administered {2 left during the talk}
•2 removed from the study •Overall data taken from 98 Participants

Results :

The mean age of students  was  around 28.56 out of which 18 where male and 8 where female .

mean age of consultant was 46.78 .There where 36 males and 21 females in this group.

mean age of GP was 52.76 years . there where 10 maleas and 5 females in the group .
Results : 
ATTITUDES of hcp was assesed 
1.councelling is helpful and 2. foot care needed queistons where asked before and after the health talk .
28 agreed that councelling is helpful before and 58 agreed that councelling is helpful after the talk .

36 agreed that foot care needed   before and 76 agreed that foot care needed  after the talk .

Practises of hcp :
before talk 

Ask history : 56 
Examine feet :28
Counsell regd Nails and feet :20
after talk :
Ask history : 98
Examine feet :78
Counsell regd Nails and feet :68
Awareness on diabetic foot was evaluated :
before the talk:
Can prescribe and counsel :58
Diab foot prevention :42
Podiatrist :10
after the talk :
Can prescribe and counsel :98
Diab foot prevention :80
Podiatrist :62

Diabetic foot  is often a neglected area in diabetes management.

Continuing Medical education as a workshop or health talk is the need of the hour for  creating importance of diabetic foot and upgrading knowledge and skills in healthcare professionals .


Discussion :

Although Doctors are considered epitome of treatment in our society there is still a lacuna in knowledge gained and prescribing practices regarding diabetic foot ulcer. Doctors are the first and sometimes final point of contact in patients of low income group like India. There are very few studies which have captured the practices of diabetic foot ulcer care and its prevention. Innovative strategies need to be developed and tested not only to improve knowledge and attitudes but practices as well in healthcare professionals .

Conclusion :


IDF pocket screening of feet should be made a part of curricula in academics. More workshops with practical demonstration and not mere lectures should be conducted.


Faraz Farishta


Dr. Faraz Farishta is a renowned Endocrinologist from Hyderabad and Director of operations at FS Endocrinology & Diabetic Centre (Hyderabd) in addition to a consulting practice at Thumbay Hospital (Hyderabad). His meticulous medical care in Diabetes Control and Management, Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, Thyroid disorder, Metabolic Disorder Obesity, Osteoporosis Management and Diabetic Emergencies has helped several patients cope up with endocrine disorders and thereby lead a healthy lives.Dr. Farishta’s dedication, commitment, academic brilliance and professional excellence have translated into various awards and accolades from different quarters. The prestigious ‘Abdul Kalam Memorial Award’ bestowed on him by the Telugu Academy of Telangana for his remarkable contribution in the field of Endocrinology and recipient of title of 'Best Post Graduate Medical Student from South India' bear testimony to this.

Mohammad Aleemuddin

FS endocrine center
Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Dr. Aleem is currently the CEO and Consultant of FS Endocrine center. He is a lifestyle disease expert by profession and an entrepreneur with passion. He is known for his work on preventing diabetes. He brings his expertise in innovations in health care. He has been part of several national and international health programs.