Diabetes amputation is a very scary last-resort treatment for those with very bad foot ulcers that have been left untreated, or for those who have ignored severe signs of diabetic neuropathy. Many times, diabetes amputation of limbs or extremities can be easily prevented with the right care and treatment. This article will talk about who is at risk for foot or limb amputations, the symptoms of neuropathy you should be on the lookout for, and how to prevent amputation, if possible:
Who is at Risk?
According to some studies, those most at risk for any sort of diabetes amputation are, of course, those with diabetes. Especially at risk are those who have untreated or very bad untreated foot ulcers, those who are not monitoring or caring for their diabetes in a good way, those who do not care for foot ulcers once they are diagnosed, or those with a history of diabetic neuropathy. Those with ulcers are the most likely to have to undergo amputation. These can progress very quickly, and should be treated as soon as they are found. It is more common for men and those who have had diabetes for a long time to have amputations, though there are exceptions.
Symptoms of Neuropathy
Some symptoms of neuropathy to be on the lookout for, as a diabetic, may include a feeling of weakness, erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness, diarrhea or constipation, indigestion, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or fainting when changing positions quickly due to a change in blood pressure, tingling, numbness, problems urinating, or pain in the feet, toes, legs, arms, hands, and fingers, along with wasting of the muscles in the feet or hands. If you experience any of these symptoms, or notice a development of an ulcer (open sore) on your feet or hands, contact your doctor immediately, and do not put off the visit or wait. Your doctor will tell you what to do in order to help treat the sore to heal more quickly, or to treat your diabetic neuropathy.
Prevention of Foot Ulcers
Prevention of diabetic foot ulcers may also help to reduce your risk for any kind of diabetic amputation. Carefully protect your feet from injury or pain by being careful to wear protective shoes that fit comfortably, along with clean, dry socks that you change on a daily basis. Be sure to inspect your feet on a daily basis. Those who cannot look at the bottom of their feet may be able to see those areas better through the use of a telescopic mirror. Always have your medical care provided inspect your feet, as well, when you go for any checkup appointments. Take any foot injuries seriously. Do not be shy about asking them to do this, as they may forget. Wash your feet, daily, with mild soap and lukewarm water. If you develop corns or calluses, never attempt to remove them yourself. Instead, consult your doctor about what to do about them. If you smoke, you should also quit