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Can you get a diabetic foot amputation from cheating everyday?

Can you get a diabetic foot amputation from cheating everyday?

Cheating on what?: Cheating on what? Your diet? Your blood sugar levels? Maintaining low, level blood sugar levels will keep your nerves healthy and functioning, and will ensure you have your optimal healing potential. Uncontrolled blood sugar can lead to neuropathy, ulceration, infection, or amputation. ...Read more

Dr. Kenith Paresa
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Charcot Marie Tooth (Definition)

Charcot Marie Tooth or CMT is a group of inherited disorders that affect peripheral nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nerves are damaged also known as neuropathy. More about Charcot Marie Tooth: https://www. Cmtausa. Org/understanding-cmt/what-is-cmt/ ...Read more


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Treatment for charcot foot?

Treatment for charcot foot?

Several: Splinting and compression and use of a protective boot or surgical reconstruction. ...Read more

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Will I be able to run after a foot amputation?

Will I be able to run after a foot amputation?

Yes: It depends on your strength and conditioning and the level of amputation. Most people can perform all daily activities and enjoy a regular excercize routine. ...Read more

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What actually happens during a foot amputation?

What actually happens during a foot amputation?

Series of steps: Anesthesia is provided, followed by tourniquet application. Skin is preserved to cover the amputation site, and all muscle-tendon tissues and blood vessels cut to expose the bone. A saw device is used to resect the bone and remove the amputated tissues. Closure of the skin flap is done to protect the exposed ends of the live tissue. ...Read more

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Relation between diabetes and foot amputation?

Relation between diabetes and foot amputation?

Vascular problems DM: Advanced diabetes leads to vascular issues that lead to tissue compromise starting at the distal extremities. When its bad enough, amputations start. The lesson is to control your diabetes as best possible and avoid any other risk factors for atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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Can a person drive a car after a foot amputation?

Yes: There are cars which are outfitted for handicapped people which allows even amputees to drive. ...Read more

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How much blood will I lose during foot amputation?

Not much: It should not be enough to require a transfusion unless you are anemic beforehand. Your surgeon will use a tourniquet during surgery if he is concerned about blood loss. Many times an amputation is required because there isn't enough blood to a limb, in which case blood loss should be minor. ...Read more

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How can I avoid a foot amputation if I am diabetic?

Check circulation: Absolutely agree with medical treatment of diabetes being first and foremost in prevention of major amputations. One other thing to keep in mind is the high prevalence of vascular disease amongst diabetics. Consult with a vascular surgeon who can check your ankle-brachial index or toe pressures to figure out if you have significant arterial occlusive disease and to intervene when necessary. ...Read more

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How long will surgery take for half a foot amputation?

Hemifoot amputation: Surgeons vary in their times to do procedures and its no different for foot amputations. But with what I know about amputations, it should not take more then 1.5 hours in the average surgeons hands. ...Read more

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Mental state after partial foot amputation horrible. Why should I go on?

Mental state after partial foot amputation horrible. Why should I go on?

Get some support: Depression is common after any amputation. Any loss of a body part can play a toll on a person’s mental state. Discuss it with your physician and join a support group, as you are not alone. ...Read more

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What would be the time to heal for a diabetic who needs foot amputation?

What would be the time to heal for a diabetic who needs foot amputation?

THIS DEPENDS ON: Whether there is an infection, circulation problems and how well controlled are sugar levels. These factors determine healing in diabetics. ...Read more

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I have diabetes and had a foot amputation. What can I do to take better care of myself?

I have diabetes and had a foot amputation. What can I do to take better care of myself?

Preventative care: Keep your diabetes in check (make sure your hga1c is <7) and protect your feet. Prevent pressure sores and keep an eye on your wounds. You can wear protective orthotic shoes and see a podiatrist on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be depressed after a foot amputation?

Yes: It is not uncommon for depression following any removal of part of your body such as a leg, foot, breast, or arm. Talk with your doctor about support groups in your area and medications that can help. ...Read more

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How long does a foot amputation take?

Short: Usually less than an hour, depending on how much debridement is needed, anatomical issues, technique, etc. Anesthetic choices are general, spinal or regional block. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will advise. ...Read more

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How do you exercise after a foot amputation?

Modify: You may have to modify your routine exercise. There will be certain limitation to consider. You want to avoid anything that causes further breakdown of your skin, leading to ulceration and further infections and amputations. Shoe modification is also very important. Depending on the level of the amp, you may need fillers to help. Also ask your doctor if any work is going to be done on your achilles. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery for a foot amputation?

Why it is done: Healing in a foot amputations will be slow. If amputation is done on a normal healthy person like after a injury will heal with in 6 wk, but most of the foot amputations are done on diabetics, with poor circulation due to peripheral vascular diseases, with infections including gangrene of toes, will take months to heal. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery after a foot amputation?

How long is the recovery after a foot amputation?

Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, blood sugar control, post-operative and follow up care. ...Read more

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How much weight will a person lose after a foot amputation?

How much weight will a person lose after a foot amputation?

May gain or lose: Some may gain weight while others may lose weight following and amputation. It depends on the individual. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are natural ways to deal with the pain of a foot amputation?

Can you tell me if there are natural ways to deal with the pain of a foot amputation?

Phantom Limb: It is quite common for amputees to experience sensations on the removed limb. Many times it is pains, for others, it can feel different (itching for example). A study reported in nejm found that using a mirror to 'visualize' the removed body part actually helped resolve those sensations. Http://www. Nejm. Org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmc071927. No matter what, discuss things with your doctor or surgeon. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the physician tells me I'm too old to have a foot amputation?

Not sure. ..: I'm not sure how at 55 you would be too old to have an amputation. Perhaps they mean your general health or your circulation is poor. Discuss it with your physician and have them clarify why they feel that you are not a surgical candidate. ...Read more

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How soon after amputation does physical therapy begin? When can I expect to begin physical therapy after my foot amputation? .

Immediately: Physical therapy and occupational therapy after a major amputation should start immediately to learn how to move around the house and do activities of daily living without using the affected leg. Once the wound is healed and the person is allowed to bear weight physical therapy changes the focus towards walking. This may be delayed by the need to have a custom fit device for walking. ...Read more

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If you have a foot amputation to get rid of gangrene, will you later need a leg amputation?

If you have a foot amputation to get rid of gangrene, will you later need a leg amputation?

It is possible.: Sometime people go on to have a higher level amputation if the infection is not controlled or if the circulation is not adequate for healing to take place. ...Read more

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Mother, 66, had gangrene/ partial foot amputation, is not diabetic, had 3 stents in her legs due to poor circulation & heavy smoker. Life expectancy?

Mother, 66, had gangrene/ partial foot amputation, is not diabetic, had 3 stents in her legs due to poor circulation & heavy smoker. Life expectancy?

Statistically...: Unfortunately, these effects you describe don't just have an effect on the feet and legs. The effect vital organs are effected as well. 5 years has been reported as an expected life span after an amputation, but this is just an average. It could be more or less depending on many other lifestyle factors. ...Read more

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How long does drop foot last when you have charcot marie tooth?

How long does drop foot last when you have charcot marie tooth?

Permanent: Usually when foot drop develops, it is permanent. Using foot orthodics can help. ...Read more

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Where could one get shoes to fit a foot deformed by charcot osteoarthropathy, apart from a hospital?

Where could one get shoes to fit a foot deformed by charcot osteoarthropathy, apart from a hospital?

See a Podiatrist: Extra depth accommodative shoes and custom shoes are available at many podiatry offices. With that type of condition, you would want to establish yourself with a podiatrist for outpatient care. If the dpm does not offer that service in his/her office, they typically will be working with an orthotist/pedorthist who can fabricate the shoes and inlays for you. ...Read more

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I am in a wheelchair and have charcot-marie-tooth disease if I don' constantly move my feet get swollen I am already on diuretics what can I do?

I am in a wheelchair and have charcot-marie-tooth disease if I don' constantly move my feet get swollen I am already on diuretics what can I do?

Compression: Dependent edema may be difficult to treat. Further evaluation may need to be done to rule out other possible causes of swelling in the legs. You may want to try compression stockings. ...Read more

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Are there any light weight comfortable ankle foot orthosis's for charcot marie tooth disease besides the full hard plastic leg ones I have?

Are there any light weight comfortable ankle foot orthosis's for charcot marie tooth disease besides the full hard plastic leg ones I have?

Yes: Their are braces these days made of carbon fiber which is very strong and very light weight. They use it to build jet fighters and racing cars amongst other things. Ask your PT if he/she can build your next orthotic brace out of it and if he can't get a hold of it use the net. Maybe Nike can help you. They are in Oregon and are involved in footwear. Might be great marketing opportunity for them! ...Read more

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I am a 26 year old brittle diabetic male with severe charcot in the right ankle. What are my surgical options and non surgical options? Please help!

I am a 26 year old brittle diabetic male with severe charcot in the right ankle. What are my surgical options and non surgical options? Please help!

Many podiatrists...: Custom molded shoes are often prescribed by podiatrists. Your foot will be casted using a bivalve technique. Then the shoe manufacturer will have an exact replica of your foot. The shoe will then be custom made just for your foot! This is obviously a non-surgical option. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Diabetic Foot (Definition)

A diabetic foot is a simply the foot of a person with diabetes. Because of the nature of diabetes, a diabetic foot has certain risk factors that make observing and practicing good ...Read more


Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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Amputation (Definition)

Amputation is the removal of a body part due to disease or trauma. Most commonly it involves one of the limbs ...Read more