By: Maddie Barbe
As a third year podiatric medical student, I have already seen my fair share of patients who have lost parts of their limbs to varying degrees. There are an estimated 1.9 million Americans living with amputations at any given time, with about half being non-white. Often times, those patients who have undergone amputations seem the most educated about managing the diabetes and its sequelae. But it is imperative that diabetes management awareness take place early with diagnosed patients. So, how can we reach patients earlier to educate them on diabetic amputations?
It is worth spending extra time with diabetic patients, especially those with additional risk factors, about the risks of amputation and how they can help prevent them.
Numbers and data from Amputee Coalition’s Roadmap to Preventing Limb Loss in America.
About the Author: Maddie Barbe is a member of the Class of 2020 at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. She serves as Director of Outreach with FootAid.