What to know about chronic wounds: Diabetes and amputation prevention

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  • 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 a foot ulcer.

Preventing amputations

Most amputations can be prevented by education and early identification. Improved foot care for people with diabetes may decrease the rate of lower-limb amputation.

What are contributors to amputation reduction?

The three most important contributors to amputation reductions in people with diabetes are:

  • Education
  • Regular clinical visits
  • Proper shoe wear