Nearly 25 percent of people with diabetes will develop a diabetic foot ulcer during their lifetime. These ulcers open the door to infection, and the longer a diabetic foot ulcer persists, the greater the risk of hospitalization and possible amputation. Diabetic foot ulcers lasting 30 days or longer actually carry a four-fold risk of infection and 85 percent of lower limb amputations in people with diabetes are preceded by ulceration. The good news is that at least 40 percent of amputations in diabetic patients can be prevented with a team approach to wound care.
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