Whether you are currently living with diabetes or have a loved one who is diagnosed, it’s important to know the risks. While living with diabetes can be manageable, those who have the condition need to be aware of their feet and the serious problems that can occur. That’s why we offer these statistics about diabetes and amputation.
1. Foot ulcers are the first event in 85% of major amputations for those living with diabetes.
2. Every 30 seconds, one leg is amputated due to diabetes.
3. 73,000 lower limb amputations are performed on people with diabetes every year.
4. When you have diabetes, you have a 25% lifetime risk of developing a new foot ulcer.
5. 10% of people with diabetes have a foot ulcer.
6. 45-60% of diabetic foot ulcers are caused by diabetic neuropathy.
7. Men with diabetes who are 60 and older are more likely to develop ulcers.
8. An ulcer present for 30 days is more likely to become infected.
9. Up to 50% of diabetic foot ulcer cases can be prevented with appropriate education.
10. A foot ulcer that doesn’t heal carries a 25% chance of amputation.
11. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and neuropathy are involved in 45% of diabetic foot ulcer cases.
12. One year after PAD treatment, up to 70-90% of limbs affected by PAD and diabetic foot ulcers will be saved from amputation.
We hope these facts help bring to light the seriousness of taking care of your body while living with diabetes. If you or a loved one has a foot ulcer, be sure to contact us. We’d be happy to provide a treatment plan to get your health back on track and avoid amputation.