What is the prevalence of diabetic foot ulcers?

Updated: Oct 15, 2020
  • Author: Tanzim Khan, DPM; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, an estimated 16 million Americans are known to have diabetes, and millions more are considered to be at risk for developing the disease. Diabetic foot lesions are responsible for more hospitalizations than any other complication of diabetes. [3] Among patients with diabetes, there is a 25% likelihood that they will develop a foot ulcer. [21] Nearly half of them will become infected, and about 20% of those with moderate to severe infection will require some degree of amputation. [22, 23] Indeed, diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic lower extremity amputations, as it accounts for 85% of these procedures. [21]


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