Diabetic limb salvage is a group of treatments designed to help diabetic patients prevent the need for amputation. About 5 of every 1000 people with diabetes will require an amputation, but diabetic limb salvage helps lower that number significantly. Board-certified podiatrists Shweta Raina, DPM, and Rolando Melendez, DPM At New York City Ankle & Foot in Jackson Heights and Woodside, Queens, proudly offer diabetic limb salvage to patients living with diabetes. If you’re concerned about the effects of diabetes on your health, request a consultation today by calling the office nearest you or using the online booking tool.
Diabetes is an umbrella term used to describe a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose (sugar). Everyone needs blood glucose to survive; it fuels your brain and provides energy for the muscles and soft tissues throughout your body. However, if your blood sugar is too high for an extended period, it increases your risk of serious health problems, including permanent nerve damage (neuropathy) and heart disease.
If you have diabetes, you’re also more likely to experience podiatry-related complications such as poor circulation and nerve damage. When left untreated, poor circulation may cause slow-healing wounds or ulcers to develop on your feet and ankles. If these ulcers continue to grow, or they become infected, amputation may be necessary to save your life. Diabetic limb salvage works to improve your health and well-being before any surgical intervention is needed.
For diabetic limb salvage to work, you must seek treatment early on, before a wound becomes infected. If you have diabetes, make an appointment with the team at New York City Ankle & Foot if you experience any issues such as:
You should also make a diabetic limb salvage appointment if you notice a foul odor coming from a wound. Diabetic limb salvage treatment options depend on the location and severity of the wound.
Diabetic limb salvage is a branch of podiatry that takes a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating diabetic ulcers while reducing rates of amputation. At New York City Ankle & Foot, the team coordinates care with other medical specialists, including endocrinologists, wound care experts, and your general practitioner. This ensures a comprehensive care plan that monitors all aspects of your health, including your diet, exercise routine, and personal care plan.
By participating in diabetic limb salvage treatment, you can better manage your diabetes and improve your quality of life.
Anyone with type 1, type 2, gestational, or prediabetes can benefit from diabetic limb salvage. Even if you’re relatively healthy, this type of treatment can provide you with key tips and insights to improve your health as a whole.
To learn more about diabetic limb salvage, request an appointment at New York City Ankle & Foot today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.