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Diabetic Foot Amputation Prevention

AMPUTATION PREVENTION BEGINS WITH ‘ELECTING TO SAVE YOUR FEET’

One of the biggest worries that people have when diagnosed with diabetes is the possibility of foot or leg amputations. With nearly 26 million people across the country battling diabetes and its complications (7 million of those who are undiagnosed), staying one step ahead of the disease has never been more important. Complications of diabetes include…Heart disease and stroke, High blood pressure, Blindness, Kidney disease, Nerve disorders and Lower leg amputations. More than 60 percent of non-traumatic, lower-limb amputations in the United States occur among people with diabetes. Published literature demonstrates that diabetic foot ulcers, which can lead to amputations are the result of either Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)(Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Amputation) and/or diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Our goal aims to educate the public about the importance of seeing a podiatrist regularly to prevent diabetic, lower limb amputations.

Getting your feet examined annually is one of the easiest ways to prevent most foot complications related to diabetes. The rate of amputation for those with diabetes is 10 times higher than those without the disease. Being vigilant in your personal footcare, and including your podiatrist in your diabetes management team, can save both your limbs and your life.

Every 30 seconds, a lower limb is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world. Those with diabetes are more prone to develop foot ulcers and infections, which can quickly result in amputation. Preventing amputation means knowing all of the main warning signs which can include:

  • A tingling or loss of feeling in the feet
  • Redness
  • A change in the shape of the feet
  • Loss of hair
  • Development of open sores
  • Cuts and scrapes that are slow to heal

If you discover any of these symptoms, visit a podiatric physician at FootCare Consultants of Cleveland immediately. A comprehensive foot care treatment plan can reduce amputation rates by 45 percent to 85 percent. Including a podiatrist in your diabetes management team – as well as having a proactive attitude about your foot care – can drastically improve your chances of managing diabetes successfully.

Our recommendations for Diabetic foot evaluations

SymptomsEvaluation Frequency
NoneYearly
Foot numbness/tingling (neuropathy) Twice a year
Neuropathy, vascular disease and/or foot deformityFour times a year
Previous foot ulcer and/or amputation Monthly to four times a year

For more information on the warning signs of diabetic ulcers, and to learn the best way that you can “Elect to Save Your Feet,” look at our diabetes (Educational Videos).

(Amputation Prevention Checklist)

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FootCare Consultants of Cleveland

Beachwood
216.591.1905
Lyndhurst
216.382.8070
Middleburg Hts.
440.243.1473

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Beachwood Office

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9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

10:00 am-3:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

10:00 am-3:00 pm

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Middleburg Heights Office

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9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

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1:00 pm-5:00 pm

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9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-1:00 pm

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