The Importance of Podiatry Medicine Practice in Subsaharan Africa

The importance of the Podiatric Doctor in Subsaharan Africa cannot be overemphasized. Most of the amputations we have going on daily in Africa Could have been saved if we have the services of a specialist. Most times the Endocrinologist make do with residual knowledge in colaboration with Orthopaedic Surgeon and the likely event is amputation as a faster means of handling Diabetic foot ulcers. We need a revolution in the approach to managing diabetic ulcers. It is quite frightening when some persons living with diabetes comes down with foot problems, the are afraid of coming to the hospital because of fear of amputation instead the go for the services of Traditional medical practitioners who use herbs and due to poor hygenic conditions, it may become gangrenous and eventually the patient dies from toxemia or suffers amputation.

The Training of podiatric doctors in Africa is even non available and unrecognised and were available like in America or Europe, the cost is prohibitive. What is the hope of millions of people living with diabetes in Subsaharan Africa with Diabetic ulcers? Is it Amputation?

I always like to read foot related stuff because I went thru a two year battle to save my leg. The wound center that I went to here had several different kinds of doctors. My first thought in reading your article was since you don’t have any podiatrists, would it be possible to use the doctors already there but somehow get them training and supplies to treat wounds? I had a podiatrist that was a foot & ankle surgeon that did the surgery that ultimately saved my leg, however, I am currently seeing a doctor that is a general practitioner that specializes in wounds. I first met him at the wound center I was going to and when I was having a problem that the podiatrist could not help with, I switched to him. If you were able to setup a wound center that was separate from the hospital, maybe people would not be as afraid to come there.