Amputations

Care improvements reduce amputations

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Advances in diabetic foot ulcer treatments are helping reduce lower-extremity amputations, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation studied a decade's worth of Medicare claims to gain insights on amputation rates and diabetic foot ulcer treatments.

Efforts to prevent, care for diabetic foot ulcers cut amputation rate in half, study finds

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Better ulcer care contributed to a nearly 50% decrease in diabetes-related leg amputations between 2000-2010, according to a study in the current issue of Foot & Ankle International.