Diabetes is a disease that affects multiple areas of the body – including the feet. Foot care should be an important part of every diabetic’s plan for preventing complications of high blood sugar. Approximately 70 percent of people with diabetes develop circulatory problems and peripheral nerve damage. Together, these conditions can lead to wounds that do not heal, resulting in infection and in some cases, the need for amputation. In fact, diabetic nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) is a leading cause of foot and leg amputation in the United States.
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- external fixation
- advanced wound care
- skin grafting
- soft tissue expansion
- placental based grafts
- Topical Medications
- Surgical Debridement
Did you know…
there are approximately 185,000 limb amputations performed in the U.S. every year? Many people live with limb loss every day – approximately 1 in 200 adults. Of those, the leading cause of amputation is vascular disease, which includes peripheral artery disease and diabetes.
Limb Salvage & Preservation
At Dr. Sean Lazarus’s office, limb preservation is of utmost importance when it comes to the care of our patients. Some of our patients – particularly those with diabetes – may be at risk for foot or leg amputation. Before amputating a foot or lower leg, we take every measure possible to salvage the limb and preserve its healthy. Our goal is to use advanced treatments and state of the art surgical techniques to provide premium care for the conditions most often responsible for amputation. Limb salvage and preservation techniques can have a significant influence on a patient’s long-term quality of life? People who cannot walk because of an amputation may be more likely to suffer from depression, not to mention require long-term care or assisted living. Limb preservation may also help prevent hospital readmissions as a result of amputation-related complications.
How can I reduce my risk of needing an amputation?
The conditions that most commonly raise the risk of amputation are often show no symptoms or otherwise minimally perceptible to patients who may have lost sensation in their feet and legs. That is why everyone with a predisposition to potential foot health complications should have regular Podiatric check-ups and seek medical attention right away at the first sign of an abnormality.