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How likely is it that I will have my foot amputated if I have diabetes?

How likely is it that I will have my foot amputated if I have diabetes?

See a physician : While a diabetic patient is more at risk for amputation than a non-diabetic, there are some general things you can do to reduce the risk. Check your feet daily for any wounds, sores, blisters or irritation and have your feet examined on an at least annual basis by a physician. Have on your healthcare team a pcp, an endocrinologist if your diabetes requires it, a foot specialist and eye specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...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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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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Have a cut on the underside of pinky toe at bend approximately 1/4 inch deep. Have type 1 diabetes and partial toe amputation on opposite foot.

Have a cut on the underside of pinky toe at bend approximately 1/4 inch deep. Have type 1 diabetes and partial toe amputation on opposite foot.

Fire in the hole.: Type 1 type diabetes, with a history of toe amputation already, amounts to the need for you to seek immediate attention for your laceration. Do not try to "fix" this yourself as you are playing with fire. ...Read more

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I believe I've had bad circulation in legs and feet since I was a child, would developing diabetes on top of that make amputation likely?

I believe I've had bad circulation in legs and feet since I was a child, would developing diabetes on top of that make amputation likely?

Definite risk factor: Diabetes is a definite risk factor for peripheral vascular disease, so there's no question that your lifetime risk for amputation will go up, with diabetes. As for whether it's "likely" or not, I'm not sure. Definitely depends on your overall health and your diabetes care. ...Read more

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If u have diabetes is it dangerous to also have poor circulation in feet whilst also having mild nerve pain in legs and arm..is amputation likely?

If u have diabetes is it dangerous to also have poor circulation in feet whilst also having mild nerve pain in legs and arm..is amputation likely?

Not good combination: Think of too much sugar in your blood like maple syrup. Your blood wouldn't flow through veins and arteries as well as it should. The sugar in your blood can cause smaller blood vessels to get clogged and reduce oxygen and nutrient supply to affected areas especially small nerve endings in hands and feet. Poor circulation would only compound this problem. Tissue without oxygen will die off. ...Read more

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Is there risk of needing hand amputation from diabetes?

Yes: Diabetes is an important risk factor for amputations. These most commonly are required for problems (gangrene, infection) that develop in the toes and feet. Such problems can develop in the fingers and hand but are far less common than in the lower extremities. Good control of blood sugar and preventative foot care are very important ways of lowering the risk of amputation. ...Read more

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What is the probability that a person will have their leg amputated if they have diabetes?

What is the probability that a person will have their leg amputated if they have diabetes?

Uncommon: As improvement in diabetes management has occurred, the incidence of amputations has decreased. With good diabetes control, control of hypertension and cholesterol, the chance of needling amputation is very low. Smoking is a major risk factor with diabetes, and is the most important thing to avoid. ...Read more

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