Patient with type 2 diabetes toe amputation surgery (VIDEO)

Good diabetes management and regular foot care help prevent severe foot sores that are difficult to treat and may require amputation.

Diabetes complications can include nerve damage and poor blood circulation. These problems make the feet vulnerable to skin sores (ulcers) that can worsen quickly.

The good news is that proper diabetes management and careful foot care can help prevent amputation. In fact, better diabetes care is probably why the rates of lower limb amputations have gone down by more than 50 percent in the past 20 years.

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