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I Am A Diabetic. What Steps Can I Take To Prevent An Amputation?

Diabetics frequently have problems with their legs and feet because of their diabetes. Sadly, many diabetics end up with an amputation because of the disease. If a diabetic has one amputation, the remaining limb is at risk. Fortunately, there are proactive steps that can be taken to prevent amputations.

First, if you have diabetes, it’s critical that you be aware of the issues that diabetics face involving their legs and feet and that you act very proactively in seeking out special care for your feet. Establish a good relationship with a podiatrist, if possible one who specializes in foot problems related to diabetes. Follow your podiatrist’s instructions.

If you do notice problems, even if they seem very minor, see the podiatrist. While a minor cut or wound on the foot may not be a big deal to most people, for diabetics they can be a sign of disaster.  About 85 percent of diabetic amputations are preceded by foot ulcers. If the problems are treated early, it increases the likelihood of avoiding an amputation. Even waiting a few days can be the difference between an amputation and saving the limb.

It’s also critical that you use the correct shoes. Talk to the podiatrist about which shoes you should be wearing. You may also want to consult with a pedorthist, or a professional in shoes and orthotics. Wearing the right kind of shoes can be invaluable to preventing problems later on. Another huge benefit in preventing amputations in diabetics is exercise.

Physical exercise not only helps prevent diabetes from occurring, but also helps increase circulation once you begin. Diabetics can do most types of exercise, but it’s important to consult a doctor for the best plan for you before you begin. It’s important that you consult your doctor about whether you should change your insulin dosage before you exercise.

As an amputee, I understand the constant challenges amputees face. If you are an amputee and your amputation was caused by diabetes, you may have options for getting legal help for your amputation. If your amputation was caused by a doctor’s negligence, you may be able to sue that doctor for medical malpractice. Call me, Amputation Attorney Conal Doyle at 310-385-0567. I will be happy to speak with you about your case. Call to learn more.

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