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Avoid Becoming a Statistic: Preventing Diabetic-Related Amputation


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9/30/2014
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“Every 20 seconds, somewhere in the world, a limb is lost as a consequence of diabetes.”

There are approximately 120,000 non-traumatic amputations performed every year in the U.S. and about 80% of those are due to complications from diabetes. This is an alarming statistic and should not be taken lightly.

Regular Checkups can Help Prevent AmputationsDrs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt are foot and ankle specialists who are driven and committed to caring for their patients with diabetes. An amputation is an absolutely devastating consequence of diabetes but amputation can be prevented with regular visits to a podiatrist.  Foot complications that go unnoticed or untreated are what often result in amputation down the road. Neuropathy and poor circulation, two symptoms of diabetes, often inhibit healing when a problem arises. Minor things such as a callus or blister can turn into a sore or ulcer, which could lead to amputation.

Recent research at Thomson Reuters has compared the situations of patients with diabetes who had regular care from a podiatrist with those who had not. Amputation and hospitalization rates were significantly lower with the patients who had visited with a podiatrist. 

Our podiatric offices in Dallas and Plano, TX puts a priority on providing ongoing, personalized care to each of our patients with diabetes. We can monitor the health of your feet and detect problem areas, possible complications and health risks BEFORE they lead to tragedy. 

If you have diabetes, are you regularly seeing a podiatrist? There is a lot to monitor when you have diabetes, let us take care of your feet and help you avoid becoming part of a statistic. Contact our office today with any questions or to make an appointment. Call (972) 566-7474 Dallas, TX or (972) 943-2232 Plano, TX or fill out our online contact form.



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Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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