Diabetic Amputation FAQ
When diabetic amputation is the recommended treatment, Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics is able to help clients utilize prosthetic limbs to enrich their lives.
The majority of Americans who require amputations have complications from diabetes as a result of vascular issues such as peripheral vascular disease (PVD). Others may have foot injuries that result in ulcers, which require intensive medical care that may or may not successfully avoid dangerous infection.
Poor circulation and neuropathy, or nerve damage, are other challenges to foot care for diabetics. Those with diabetes are more than 15 percent more likely to face amputation than non-diabetics, particularly among senior citizens. Typically, diabetic amputees lose toes, feet, or lower limbs.
Diabetic amputees face unique challenges following amputation, most notably the need to be especially careful that adapting to a prosthetic limb doesn’t inflame skin issues that could result in a new dangerous ulceration.
With 45 years of experience providing prosthetic services to more than 20 locations in Northern Michigan, our clinical staff members are uniquely skilled and well acquainted with the latest advancements in prosthetic technology. We are able to help clients who have undergone anything from a minor amputation removing a toe to a major amputation involving the removal a limb above or below the knee.
Diabetic amputees who receive expert help with wound care and recovery as well as well-fitting prostheses designed for comfortable mobility should be able to promote healing as they learn to use their new artificial limbs.
Anyone with diabetes who wishes to prevent foot issues related to their condition must be vigilant about proper foot care. This involves a medical check-up of the feet and lower limbs, careful cutting of nails by a visiting nurse or clinician, and expert handling of any damage to the feet or limbs to prevent risk of ulceration.
Diabetics should always be watchful for any damage to their feet, particularly if they suffer from poor circulation, nerve damage, or numbness. It is wise to check for any cuts, blisters, or ulcers and seek medical attention immediately since the healing process can be very slow for diabetics; even a small sore can very quickly develop into a serious medical emergency.
Additionally, diabetics should take other preventative measures to safeguard foot health. Ensure that shoes fit well and do not cause blisters or chafing and be wary of exceptionally dry skin, which could crack and become ulcerated. Your Teter staff can help you obtain therapeutic foot orthotics to promote proper alignment, circulation and prevent injury. If you have a prosthetic limb, Teter Orthotics & Prothetics will ensure it is correctly fitted to ensure the socket does not cause any harm.
Diabetic amputees seeking prosthetic services throughout Michigan including Traverse City and Grand Rapids can find specialized support at any of our 22 locations. Contact our friendly staff at Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics. We accept a wide variety of health insurance plans and have the flexibility to work out an extended payment plan to cover care if necessary.