Every year there are more than 400-500 cases of toe or foot gangrene seen in our major hospitals.
These patients usually end up with serious foot or leg amputations.
Diabetic patients and Smokers are particularly at risk because their disease or life style causes blockages of the arteries going to their foot. With the lack of blood supply going to their foot there is a high risk of developing gangrene.
This is easily preventable if smokers and diabetic patients see their Podiatrists regularly and have a screening Vascular Ultrasound by a Vascular Specialist.
Even if blockages are picked up, they can be treated by minimally invasive means such as “ballooning” or angioplasty procedures that usually only require an overnight stay and only involves an injection to the groin.