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Correct treatment of common diabetic foot infections can reduce amputations

Poor treatment of infected foot wounds in people with diabetes can lead to lower extremity amputation, and about 50 percent of patients who have foot amputations die within five years – a worse mortality rate than for most cancers. But about half of lower extremity amputations that arent caused by trauma can be prevented through proper care of foot infections, note the new IDSA diabetic foot infections guidelines, which are being published today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

via Correct treatment of common diabetic foot infections can reduce amputations.

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2 comments on “Correct treatment of common diabetic foot infections can reduce amputations

  1. I would never thought that 50% of all amputees die within 2 to 5 years. I have been doing some research online, it is incredible to me to see how many people who have bad cases of diabetes actually have a limb amputated sometime in their lifetime. This has given me more motivation to prevent more complications from occuring. I found a good resourse to help prevent any future problems. Feel free to check it out. http://www.footscientific.com/diabetic-foot#What can I do from home?

  2. Stephen,
    The statistics are indeed shocking and I’m so glad that you and people like you are taking the time to learn more about how to take control of their health. FootScientific is indeed a great resource for this purpose, though they are right to recommend consulting a physician. Just so you know, I’ve switched from this blog to work full-time on promoting awareness through ACI Medical’s official web presence: http://acimedical.wordpress.com/news/ and please feel free to explore the rest of the site and tell me what you think!
    Diana

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