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Approximately 80,000 limb amputations are performed every year as a consequence of diabetic foot ulcers

Diabetic foot ulcers don’t just pose significant health issues; the costs can also be staggering:

  • The cost to heal a simple diabetic foot ulcer is about $5,000-$6,000, assuming prompt treatment.
  • Cost for patients with infected ulcers or with peripheral arterial disease is nearly $21,000 on average.
  • Minor amputations e.g. big toe initially cost $23,000 on average, while below the knee amputations cost $53,000.
  • Annual cost of diabetic foot ulcers in the USA is about $12.5 billion.

Read more via Diabetes and Wound Care: What You Should Know – Baptist Easley Hospital.


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