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Why would I need an amputation if I have diabetes and I have a foot ulcer?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Infection
Amputation is usually the result of tissue loss and/or bone infection of the underlying structures.

In brief: Infection
Amputation is usually the result of tissue loss and/or bone infection of the underlying structures.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
2 doctors agree
In brief: infection
Poor circulation is the primary reason diabetics need amputation.
The next most common reason is a bone infection. This happens when a soft tissue infection has festered down into the bone. Antibiotics will help treat the infection, but surgery to scrape the bone is often required. If surgery can't erradicate all the infected bone sometimes amputation is done to prevent spread of infection.

In brief: infection
Poor circulation is the primary reason diabetics need amputation.
The next most common reason is a bone infection. This happens when a soft tissue infection has festered down into the bone. Antibiotics will help treat the infection, but surgery to scrape the bone is often required. If surgery can't erradicate all the infected bone sometimes amputation is done to prevent spread of infection.
Dr. Latisha Smith
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Infection / Flow
Uncontrolled infection and poor vascular blood flow are the most common reasons causing diabetic the need to have a foot amputation.

In brief: Infection / Flow
Uncontrolled infection and poor vascular blood flow are the most common reasons causing diabetic the need to have a foot amputation.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Inadequate bloodflow
The main problem with diabetes & feet is that diabetes causes decreased blood flow in the distant parts of the body (e.
g. Feet) leading to nerve starvation so that sensation decreases. Then a cut can go unnoticed and get infected spreading to the bone. Antibiotics can only help if it can be carried by the blood to the site. If not, the infection spreads. Amputation is the only option left then.

In brief: Inadequate bloodflow
The main problem with diabetes & feet is that diabetes causes decreased blood flow in the distant parts of the body (e.
g. Feet) leading to nerve starvation so that sensation decreases. Then a cut can go unnoticed and get infected spreading to the bone. Antibiotics can only help if it can be carried by the blood to the site. If not, the infection spreads. Amputation is the only option left then.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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