Amputation isn’t a topic most people want to discuss. Yet, for individuals managing diabetes, it must be proactively addressed. Between 60 and 70 percent of people diagnosed with diabetes will develop peripheral neuropathy, a debilitating condition caused by nerve damage and poor circulation. Loss of sensation associated with the disease can lead to injuries and foot ulcers, with more than 800,000 new ulcer diagnoses yearly. Of those who suffer from foot ulcers, approximately 86,000 patients require foot amputations each year.
But the progression outlined above doesn’t represent an inevitability. And your patients with diabetes don’t have to become statistics. We’re here to tell you there is hope, and you can provide it to your patients. After all, it is possible to avoid amputation with the right education and care.
Keep reading for everything your patients need to know about neuropathy and amputation.