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How to Avoid Amputation

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Did You Know?

  • Each year many people with diabetes have their limbs removed.
  • In 2010, there were 73,000 amputations performed on people with diabetes.(1)
  • About 60 to 70 percent of diabetic patients have nerve problems. (2) Nerve problem is common in people with diabetes. The nerve problem can cause pain or there may be no feeling at all. The legs or feet may feel numb or tingle. This can lead to injuries, wounds that won’t heal, infections, or a limb that may need to be removed.
  • The American Diabetes Association says that amputations may be reduced in half if;
    • People were tested for nerve damage
    • People were taught how to avoid injury
    • People wore shoes that fit right.
  • Diabetic foot ulcers happen in about 25 percent of all people with diabetes.(3)
  • Healogics and its affiliated companies have the most wound care doctors and staff. They have nearly 800 Wound Care Centers. The centers treat and teach patients about diabetic ulcers.Their goal is to prevent wounds that lead to limb removal.
  • Healogics centers heal over 92% of the wounds they treat. This data is based on patients who complete their treatment.
Citations:
(1) Limb Loss Task Force/Amputee Coalition, Roadmap for Stimulating Limb Loss Research and Improving Care: Recommendations From the 2015 Limb Loss Task Force. Knoxville, Tennessee; 2016. (Available on amputee-coalition.org)
(2) Brem, H.; Tomic-Canic, M. (2007). “Cellular and molecular basis of wound healing in diabetes”. Journal of Clinical Investigation 117 (5): 1219–1222
(3) ) David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD; Adam L. Isaac, DPM; Nicholas J. Bevilacqua, DPM; Stephanie C. Wu, DPM, MS (2014). “Offloading Foot Wounds in People with Diabetes”.  Wounds A Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice Volume 26 - Issue 1 - January 2014