Diabetic limb amputation

The President mentioned the costs associated with it long before the healthcare bill was passed. For anyone living with diabetes or struggling with ulcerations that won't heal, it is a scary thought. Amputation is the last resort option to save an individual's life, but at a cost that can only be understood by someone who has experienced it. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) diabetic complications are the main cause for amputations of the leg not due to trauma.

Earlier this summer members of the American Podiatric Medical Association gathered for their yearly seminar to teach, learn, and share knowledge with one another. One of the studies that were presented at that meeting dealt with the issue of amputation. The researchers examined 32,000 patients with diabetes and compared their risk factors to their ultimate outcomes. Their findings were that diabetic patients who visited a podiatrist had a significantly lower number of amputations than those who did not. If you are already a patient at AFAS, you should receive a yearly letter to remind you to schedule your annual diabetic foot exam.

We try to take our weekly blog space to educate you on keeping in good health and preventing problems with your feet. Inspecting your feet for changes and maintaining your blood glucose within the recommended ranges are your daily priority if you have diabetes. Living with diabetes can mean changing habits you may have had your whole life, but anything you can do to live healthier can add years to your life. Regular visits with Dr. Thomajan can detect problems early. By assessing where an ulcer might occur, proper off loading and changes to your shoes can stop the issue before it even happens. Don't become an NIH statistic and make sure a podiatrist is involved in your healthcare.

Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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