The scourge of diabetes mellitus foot syndrome
Diabetes mellitus which manifests as chronic hyperglycaemia following derangement of carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism is caused by an absolute or relative lack of insulin. It leads to great morbidity and mortality many of which are attributable to chronic complications like DM foot ulcers or gangrene which are collectively called the diabetes mellitus foot syndrome (DMFS). DMFS is a disease with far reaching effects. Its presence portends a great loss of time, money and functional ability and is associated with multiple comorbidities all of which lead to a shortening of life expectancy and quality of life.