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Let’s Fight Unnecessary Amputations for Diabetics

poor-circulation2Amputations in diabetics is an age old problem. In fact, in recent years, scientists discovered that the world’s first amputation happened more than 30,000 years ago. But why do amputations happen? And why are they such a problem for diabetics? Let’s take a closer look.

 

Amputations for Diabetics Overseas

A group of MPs and their colleagues in the UK claim that some unnecessary amputations in diabetics are linked to disparities in NHS medical standards. To right this wrong, they called for better guidelines on when to give amputations to patients with peripheral arterial disease and diabetes.

According to the philanthropic group Diabetes UK, the current irregularity in standards is “unacceptable.” Neil Carmichael, Conservative MP for Stroud, recognized the imperative need for reform and demanded that the issue be tackled as soon as possible.

Diseases that cause poor circulation in the feet can be extremely dangerous. If you are having difficulties with reduced circulation, see our team of podiatrists at Louetta Foot and Ankle Specialists, P.A. Together, they will identify the cause of your decreased blood flow. Then they can help you get the care you need.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD), caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries, can lead to poor blood circulation in the feet and legs.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood that can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs may also result from inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain    -numbness in legs
-cramps            -skin discoloration
-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth
-stiffness         -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce the risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication that will help your PAD.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices in Spring TX or Tomball TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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