Can amputation be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Although amputation cannot always be prevented, there are many effective steps you can take.

If you have diabetes, you are at a higher risk for foot or leg amputation. Decreased blood flow to your feet could make minor sores hard to heal, and nerve damage could make it hard to realize that you have a sore in the first place. Prevent a minor injury from becoming a life-threatening infection by taking good care of your feet. Keep your feet clean, inspect them often for cuts and bruises and be cautious about which foot products you use.

Other ways to prevent amputations are to avoid conditions that increase your risk, such as diabetes or atherosclerosis. Eat well, exercise and stop smoking. Additionally, talk to your doctor if you think you may have tissue damage or an infection in any of your limbs or extremities.

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