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Diabetes and Limb Salvage

Limb salvage can be done to preserve function when diabetics have chronic ulceration. Chronic ulcerations of the feet can occur due to an abnormal gait, surgical incisions that do not heal or take a long time to heal, and from wounds on the feet that have not been treated. Sometimes joint immobility in a person with diabetes can lead to bony prominences on the sole of the foot, which will often cause ulcerations. A stiff foot can cause pressure to be applied in a diabetic foot which will also lead to ulcerations. If you have diabetes and problems with your feet or ankles, it is strongly suggested that you have a podiatrist on your roster of doctors. This medical professional can examine your feet regularly and help you to prevent and treat chronic and serious issues, such as ulcerations requiring limb salvage that may occur as the result of diabetes.

Limb salvage can be an effective way in preventing the need for limb amputation. If you have diabetes, cancer, or any other condition that could lead to foot amputation if left unchecked, consult with Richard P. Jacoby, DPM from Extremity Health Centers. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Limb Salvage?

Limb salvage is the attempt of saving a limb, such as the foot from amputation. Podiatrists also try to make sure that there is enough function in the foot after the salvage that it is still usable. Diabetes is the number one cause of non-traumatic amputations in the United States. 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.

However, there are other causes as well, such as cancer and traumatic injury. Links between higher mortality rates and amputation have been found. 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 one of our offices located in Scottsdale and Buckeye, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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