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How does diabetes cause people to lose a foot or a leg?

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Dr. Adam Teichman
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
4 doctors agree

In brief: Infection

An infection can develop in people who have diabetes and open wounds.
If these wounds go untreated they can lead to amputations. The most common cause of amputation in diabetics is neuropathy and poor circulation. If you think you have problem with your feet and you are diabetic seek medical attention by a board certified podiatric surgeon. Visit www.Eastpennfoot.Com for more info.

In brief: Infection

An infection can develop in people who have diabetes and open wounds.
If these wounds go untreated they can lead to amputations. The most common cause of amputation in diabetics is neuropathy and poor circulation. If you think you have problem with your feet and you are diabetic seek medical attention by a board certified podiatric surgeon. Visit www.Eastpennfoot.Com for more info.
Dr. Adam Teichman
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Mechanism

Poorly controlled diabetes impairs ur ability to fight infection, so the wound takes longer to heal.
Patients with diabetes are also at risk for peripheral neuropathy (nerve problem). Severe neuropathy leads to inability to feel pain, so they step on tacks & rocks and bleed but they don't know about it until it's infected. Diabetes also can have less blood flow to the legs, hard to fight infection.

In brief: Mechanism

Poorly controlled diabetes impairs ur ability to fight infection, so the wound takes longer to heal.
Patients with diabetes are also at risk for peripheral neuropathy (nerve problem). Severe neuropathy leads to inability to feel pain, so they step on tacks & rocks and bleed but they don't know about it until it's infected. Diabetes also can have less blood flow to the legs, hard to fight infection.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Complications

It is usually the complications of diabetes: neuropathy, kidney dysfunction, peripheral vascular disease.

In brief: Complications

It is usually the complications of diabetes: neuropathy, kidney dysfunction, peripheral vascular disease.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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In brief: Circulation loss

Diabetes is only part of the problem. The loss of a leg is due to either infection or loss of circulation to the leg.
Due to progression of diabetes.

In brief: Circulation loss

Diabetes is only part of the problem. The loss of a leg is due to either infection or loss of circulation to the leg.
Due to progression of diabetes.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Taj Malik
Podiatry

In brief: Gangrene

Diabetics have tendency for wound to get infected, heal slowly or not heal at all and spread quickly to the bone .
Depending on the severity of their diabetes, amputations could be prevented when diabetics have regular checkups with their podiatrist early.

In brief: Gangrene

Diabetics have tendency for wound to get infected, heal slowly or not heal at all and spread quickly to the bone .
Depending on the severity of their diabetes, amputations could be prevented when diabetics have regular checkups with their podiatrist early.
Dr. Taj Malik
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