Diabetic foot ulcers are red sores that commonly develop on the toes or bottom of the foot due to uncontrolled high blood sugar levels. The condition can cause damage to the nerves and affect blood flow, which can then prevent the body’s ability to heal wounds. In patients with diabetes, this condition can lead to serious complications, such as infection that can lead to amputation. Patients suffering from diabetes have to work hand-in-hand with an endocrinologist to properly manage their condition and prevent complications from developing or worsening.
Although diabetes affects millions of people worldwide, comprehensive treatment or management programmes for the condition are still not widely available in some developing countries or is extremely expensive in developed nations. This pushes patients with diabetes to seek medical attention abroad where advanced diabetic care is not only widely available but also surprisingly affordable.
More and more patients seeking treatment for a wide range of medical conditions come to Southeast Asia where they can easily access Western standard of healthcare for a fraction of the cost of going to the United States or United Kingdom. Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia are home to highly qualified endocrinologists with extensive clinical experience in the treatment and management of diabetes. Many of them have completed their medical degree and training at some of the most prestigious medical institutions abroad.
Aside from qualified endocrinologists, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia also have many hospitals with dedicated diabetes and endocrinology services. These include Mt. Elizabeth Medical Centre and Changi General Hospital in Singapore as well as Bangkok Hospital Pattaya in Thailand. These hospitals, which have Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, are recognised for delivering quality healthcare and for their cutting-edge medical technologies and advanced facilities.