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

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Understand your risk, know the facts.

  • 30.3 million people in the U.S. live with diabetes.
  • 1 in 4 people with diabetes will experience a foot ulcer.
  • 40% of people with a healed diabetic foot ulcer will develop a new ulcer within a year.
  • 15% of diabetic foot ulcers progress to amputation.
  • 50% of people will die within 5 years of amputation.

Dan’s Story

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.

Dan went to the Wound Care Center® where he was healed before. His care team organized a comprehensive treatment plan to help Dan heal. Because of the expertise of the wound care team, amputation was prevented.

Are you experiencing a sore or ulcer?

If you, like Dan, are living with diabetes, be sure to check your feet daily. Those who have had an ulcer are likely to have one again.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a sore or ulcer, find a Wound Care Center near you.

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