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 a foot ulcer.
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:
- Regular clinical visits
- Proper shoe wear