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Diabetic Foot Wounds and Amputations

The Impact of Diabetic Foot Wounds

For diabetic patients, the most common complications of their disease are often the most devastating. Poor circulation, neuropathy and injury can all contribute to the formation of diabetic foot wounds.


  • 25 million people suffer from diabetes in Europe.26
  • There is a 15-20% lifetime risk for foot ulcer development in diabetic patients.23
  • 85% of amputations are preceded by a non-healing foot ulcer.15
  • More than 400,000 diabetic patients had a foot amputation in 2007.25
  • Within 5 years following an initial amputation, up to 51% of diabetic amputees have undergone a second leg amputation.18
  • WHO projects that diabetes deaths will increase by more than 50% in the next 10 years without urgent action.27
  • Most notably, diabetes deaths are projected to increase by over 80% in upper-middle income countries between 2006 and 2015.27
  • 69% of diabetic amputees will not survive past five years.3

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