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Diabetic Foot

Rate of Leg, Foot Amputations Among Diabetics Drops

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TUESDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of leg and foot amputations among diabetes patients aged 40 and older fell by 65 percent between 1996 and 2008, a new U.S. government study shows.

The analysis of data from the National Hospital Discharge Survey found that the rate of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations among adults with diagnosed diabetes was 3.9 per 1,000 in 2008, compared with 11.2 per 1,000 in 1996, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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TUESDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of leg and foot amputations among diabetes patients aged 40 and older fell by 65 percent between 1996 and 2008, a new U.S. government study shows.

The analysis of data from the National...

Health Tip: Footcare Suggestions for Diabetics

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(HealthDay News) -- Two common complications of diabetes are nerve damage and poor circulation, which make foot problems common among diabetics.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these footcare suggestions for people with diabetes:Avoid walking barefoot to reduce the risk of injury.Carefully wash your feet with warm water and gentle soap each day, making sure the water isn't too hot and that you carefully dry your feet.Moisturize the skin on your feet frequently.Keep...

Maggots Speed Up Cleaning of Stubborn Wounds

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By Frederik Joelving

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Maggots may trump scalpels when it comes to cleaning large wounds that won't heal easily, such as those seen in diabetics, according to French researchers.

To allow such wounds to heal, doctors usually remove infected or dead tissue with scalpels or enzymes, a process they call debridement. But that method is time-consuming and doesn't always work.

Studies have suggested maggots might be helpful, potentially offering antibacterial and...

Foot Care in Diabetes Mellitus

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INTRODUCTION

Foot problems are a common complication in people with diabetes. Fortunately, most of these complications can be prevented with careful foot care. If complications do occur, daily attention will ensure that they are detected before they become serious. It may take time and effort to build good foot care habits, but self-care is essential. In fact, when it comes to foot care, the patient is a vital member of the medical team.

This topic review presents a general overview of...

Creepy-Crawlies May Help Heal Diabetes Wounds

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By Fran Lowry

(Reuters Health) - Researchers from Hawaii have a suggestion for how to jump-start the healing of difficult diabetic wounds: let maggots do the work.

To allow such wounds to heal, doctors remove infected or dead tissue with scalpels or enzymes, a process they call debridement.

But these tools often fail, said Dr. Lawrence Eron from Kaiser Hospital and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

"These problem patients with diabetes really need better treatments in order to salvage...