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.
Yes. Diabetics lifetime risk of 15-20% of developing a foot ulcer and of those 15-20% will go on to amputations. Those % are going to increase to 25% in the next few years. Multiple risk factors lead to ulcers and amputation, and high blood sugars is one of them. High blood sugars leads to neuropathy, poor circulation and foot deformities among other things. Keeping your sugars under control is key.

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

DEPENDS. On many factors, including how well sugsr is controlled to aid in healing, underlying circulatory problems, infection or not present. Read more...
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...
Healing times vary. The healing rates following an amputation can vary depending on various factors including: blood sugar control, the circulation, infection control, and on the exact type of procedure performed. Read more...

What would be the time frame for a diabetic who needs foot amputation: is it an emergency?

Each case different. When your doctor recommends amputation it is typically time to do so. Physicians will use this as a last resort. Not doing the amputation can become life threatening due to gangrene and septic shock. Read more...
Infection or pain. Amputation may be urgent if there is an active infection (wet gangrene) or uncontrolled pain. Gangrene could become life threatening in a diabetic patient due to the impaired blood flow and impaired immune system. Read more...
Sometimes. In case of an uncontrolled infection the amputation may need to take place right away. Read more...

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

Diabetic Foot Care. The best way to avoid diabetic foot ulcers is to keep your blood glucose under control. Also, your pcp should perform a diabetic foot exam using a monofilament to check your foot sensation. You may also want to have diabetic foot care performed by a podiatrist. Read more...
Control the diabetes. Hopefully your diabetes has been well controlled enough that it hasn't affected the circulation in your legs. Once the circulation is compromised, you run the risk of poor healing infections. Once the infections start, its an uphill battle to control them, at times requiring amputations. Read more...
Professional care. Diabetic foot ulcers and infection may often times be prevented with good diabetic foot education and foot care by a professional, tight sugar control, good nutrition, frequent foot inspection and use of properly fitting shoes. Read more...
Good Foot care. The best a diabetic can do is take good care of their feet. Always wear socks and shoes. Make sure the toe area is wide so the shoes do not pinch any part of the foot. Always check inside of shoes before wearing them, a pebble can cause problems for diabetics. Check the feet everyday especially the soles for small open areas that need to be tended. Use a moisturizer. Read more...
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...

My mother has lost her right big toe to gangrene due to diabetic foot. It has spread to remaining 4 toes all gone black. Can we avoid amputation?

Unlikely. Diabetic foot amputations due to gangrene underscore a much bigger problem: POOR CONTROL OF DIABETES! If her gangrene has spread, amputation is a life-saving operation and must be performed! Please help your mother obtain the necessary diabetic education, medication and supplies to ensure better control of her blood sugar... you will save her life! Please consult me if additional help is needed. . Read more...
Poor Circulation. Your Mom should see a Vascular Surgeon immediately to have her circulation evaluated. Many Vascular Surgeons practice limb salvage and can help you to determine whether or not you have any other options. Read more...
VASCULAR CONSULT. Probably not, but a vascular surgeon should be part of the team, to see if some type of procedure will increase blood flow to the foot. If she smokes, stop immediately! Read more...

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...
Peripheral diseases. Unfortunately, peripheral arterial disease is as common as coronary arterial disease, we just never hear about it. Pad kills more people per year than breast and colon cancers combined. The rate of mortality after amputation (below-knee) is approximately 50% after 5 years and most people (60-70%) will lose their other leg within 5 years once the first amputation has been performed. Read more...
Many variables. It depends on the extent of the amputation, the success of the stent procedure, and the patients other co-morbidities. Read more...

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

You should not. Predicting a more proximal leg amputation depends on how well the 1st amputation level was determined to optmize healing & function, aggressive treatment of the cause of amputation (control diabetes, resolve infection, maintain or improving blood flow, stop smoking, normalize cholesterol & triglycerides ) and early identifcation of any new problem. Continued follow up with you doctor is mandatory. Read more...
Maybe. Depending on whether the factors that led to the gangrene are well controlled may determine whether you have more progression of disease, and eventually need a higher amputation. Not smoking, controlling diabetes tightly, controlling cholesterol, wearing proper shoewear, and exercising, are all things you can do to decrease your risk of a second surgery. Read more...
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...