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Diabetic Complications and Amputation Prevention

People who have diabetes are at an increased risk of having foot problems, such as nerve damage and poor circulation. Other diabetes related foot and ankle problems include infections that won’t heal, charcot foot, nail disorders, hammertoes and bunions. In severe cases, these can lead to the need for amputation of the foot or ankle. There are some new surgical methods available to save feet and legs, including joint reconstruction and healing technologies. Some proactive measures you can take in reducing complications are inspecting your feet daily, looking for skin or nail problems, keeping the floors in your home free of sharp objects and lastly getting your circulation and sense of feeling tested. Even with preventative care and treatment of any foot and ankle ailments, there can still be instances when amputation might be the only viable option. If you are experiencing any problems as a result of diabetes, then it is advised that you visit a podiatrist as soon as you can.


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 Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M from Florida. Dr. Klein 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 our office located in Saint Petersburg, FL.. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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