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.