What You Need to Know About Amputation and Diabetes
Diabetes, when present in the body for several years, can cause many other health complications.
Heart disease, kidney disease, retinopathy and neuropathy are a few of these complications. Left untreated, they can become extremely damaging to the body.
One of the most potentially serious complications is neuropathy, which at its worse can lead to amputation. Because of neuropathy, or the nerve damage, and poor circulation, the feet are more vulnerable to skin sores, or ulcers, which can quickly worsen and can become difficult to treat. A non-healing ulcer that causes severe damage to tissues and bone could require the amputation of a toe, foot or part of a leg if it is not treated promptly and properly.
Medical experts say diabetes is one of the leading causes of amputation of the lower limbs throughout the world. Furthermore, problems of the foot are the most frequent reasons for hospitalization among patients with diabetes. All people who have diabetes are advised to make foot check-ups part of their regular care routine.
Diabetic foot complications are more common amongst the elderly, and amputation rates increase with age. Other factors that can increase your risk are vascular disease, infection and deformity of the feet. Doctors estimate that almost half of all amputations are caused by neuropathy and circulatory problems that could be prevented with proper foot care.
There are many treatment options for foot ulcers, which vary depending on the severity of the wound. The basic procedure involves the removal of dead tissue or debris, in an attempt Continue reading