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Complications of Diabetes to the Feet

Limb salvage refers to a type of surgery to save a limb that is at risk for amputation. Diabetes is one of the most common diseases that may lead to the need for limb salvage, usually of a lower extremity. The goal of this type of surgery is to restore stability and the ability to walk. Diabetics can be at high risk for neuropathy, which is nerve damage caused by high levels of blood sugar. This type of damage interferes with being able to feel sensation in the limbs and generally starts in the feet. The inability to feel sensitivity can lead to unnoticed injuries, possibly causing skin ulcers or infections. If the infection progresses, limb salvage may be necessary. If you are a diabetic patient, it is suggested that you include a podiatrist among your team of medical professionals for regular examinations of your feet that may prevent problems, possibly avoiding the need for more invasive surgical intervention.

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 Sun Healthcare & Surgery Group. 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 offices located in Antioch, and Martinez, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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