What to Know About Chronic Wounds: Diabetes and Amputation Prevention

What to Know About Chronic Wounds: Diabetes and Amputation Prevention

Be aware. Intervene early. Seek specialized care. 65,000 people lose a limb each year due to diabetes. 55% of diabetics will require amputation on the second leg within 2-3 years and nearly half will die within 5 years. Over 2 million people have a diabetic foot ulcer. 85% of diabetes related amputations are preceded by…

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Management of Diabetic Neuropathy and Related Ulcers

What is diabetic neuropathy? Diabetic neuropathy is the result of nerve damage from diabetes. Over half of people with diabetes have neuropathy and diabetes is the number one cause for neuropathy. However, there are other causes for such as: Some medications Advanced age Alcoholism Diseases of the nervous system Injuries In diabetes, excess blood glucose…

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Living with Diabetes: What to know about chronic wounds and recurrence

Like 25% of people over 65, Dan is living with diabetes. About a year ago, Dan experienced a diabetic foot ulcer. Knowing he is at risk for foot ulcers, Dan checked his feet. Dan discovered he had another foot ulcer, so he sought specialized care right away.

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What to Know About Chronic Wounds: Diabetes and Amputation Prevention

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General Foot Care Guidelines

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Caring for Your Ulcers

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Wound Debridement

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