In 3-5% of cases, the ulcer will become serious enough that an amputation will need to be performed to save the limb or the patient's life. Approximately 80,000 amputations are performed every year because of diabetic foot ulcers. The number of amputations is staggering, but so are the costs as well:
- The cost to heal a simple diabetic foot ulcer is between $5,000-$6,000, assuming there is prompt treatment on the patient's part.
- Cost for patients with infected ulcers or peripheral arterial disease is nearly $21,000.
- Minor amputations, like a big toe, cost $23,000, while major amputations like below the knee cost $53,000.
- Annual cost of diabetic foot ulcers in the United States is $12.5 billion.
If you are a diabetic and do not currently see a podiatrist, call our Bristol office to make an appointment.
Richard E. Ehle, DPM
Connecticut Foot Care Centers
Diabetic Foot Care in CT
Podiatrist in Bristol, CT
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