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Safeguarding Against Diabetes-Related Amputations

Diabetes-related amputations pose a grave threat to individuals grappling with this chronic condition, but preventive measures can help to reduce this risk. Consistent blood sugar management is essential, and maintaining target levels through a balanced diet, regular exercise, and medication adherence can significantly reduce the likelihood of complications. Routine foot care is equally as vital, as inspecting feet daily for cuts, blisters, or infections and promptly treating any abnormalities can prevent minor issues from escalating. Wearing well-fitted shoes and socks can safeguard against pressure sores and friction-related injuries. Avoiding barefoot walking minimizes exposure to potential hazards. Regular visits to a podiatrist for foot examinations and professional care are imperative for early detection and intervention. Additionally, prioritizing cardiovascular health by managing blood pressure and cholesterol levels aids in preserving overall vascular function, reducing the risk of peripheral artery disease and subsequent amputations. By implementing these preventive strategies, individuals with diabetes can safeguard their feet and minimize the threat of amputations. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can present you with additional information about protecting your feet from amputation.

Diabetic Limb Salvage

Diabetic limb salvage can be an effective way in preventing the need for limb amputation. If you have a foot ulcer and diabetes, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Diabetic Limb Salvage?

Diabetic limb salvage is the attempt of saving a limb, such as the foot, that has an infected ulcer, from amputation. Podiatrists also try to make sure that there is enough function in the foot after the salvage that it is still usable. Those with diabetes experience poor blood circulation, which prevents proper healing of an ulcer. If the ulcer is left uncheck, it could become infected, which could result in the need for amputation.

Diabetes is the number one cause of non-traumatic amputations in the United States. Amputation has been found to lead to higher mortality rates. This translates into higher healthcare costs, and a reduced quality of life and mobility for amputees. Podiatrists have attempted to increase the prevalence of limb salvage in an attempt to solve these issues.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Limb salvage teams have grown in recent years that utilize a number of different treatments to save the infected limb. This includes podiatrists that specialize in wound care, rehabilitation, orthotics, and surgery. Through a combination of these methods, limb salvage has been found to be an effective treatment for infected limbs, and as an alternative to amputation. Podiatrists will first evaluate the potential for limb salvage and determine if the limb can be saved or must be amputated. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Millburn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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