Limb Loss Prevention

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It is estimated that upwards of 60% of amputations are preventable (1).

The introduction of comprehensive foot care, including regular visits with a podiatrist, have been associated with reducing diabetes‐related amputations by up to 80% (2).

The three most important factors for reducing the rate of diabetes‐related amputation are: 1) patient education, 2) regular visits with doctor and/or podiatrist, 3) appropriate footwear (3-6)

Among people with a lower extremity amputation, smoking cigarettes has been associated with a re‐amputation risk 25 times that of nonsmokers (7)


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