Foot problems are the most common reason diabetics are hospitalized. Diabetics might have slow-healing wounds, infections, or other foot issues they may not even be aware of. This could be due to loss of sensation in the feet known as neuropathy, which is from poor blood flow to the lower extremities. Amputation of a limb could be the result if a wound develops, becomes infected, and is beyond salvaging. Diabetics can also get peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, which can lead to leg arteries becoming too clogged to restore blood flow to the feet. If you are a diabetic, practice proper foot care which includes washing, drying, and moisturizing the feet every day and checking them for wounds or infections regularly. Practicing good foot care also includes scheduling visits with a podiatrist who can help you make sure that diabetes is not causing any other foot conditions in the feet. If you or a loved one has diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.
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 Ramin Nadjafi, DPM from Advanced Podiatry Group. Our doctor 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 Orlando, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.