Patient Education

If you or a loved one experience difficulties due to wound management issues, the following information may be helpful to you:

Off-Loading Safety and Prevention for Diabetics
Safety Precautions for the Elderly Skin Care
Take Care of Your Feet Tips for foot Wear for Diabetics
Are You At Nutritional
Your Doctor Says…You Have to Lower Your Cholesterol
Amputation Prevention Fact Sheet Charcot Joint Disease
General Foot Care Guidelines
Coping With Loss of Sensation
Dealing With Pain

Amputation Prevention Fact Sheet

Did You Know?

  • Every year, as many as 56,000 patients with diabetes have amputations due to complications from diabetes?
  • Patients with diabetes are 15 times more likely to have an amputation than the general public
  • As many as half of the 16 million people with diabetes have or will develop neuropathy.  This is nerve damage to the legs or feet.  It can lead to injuries, sore, chronic infections, gangrene or amputations
  • Neuropathy is one of the most common complications of diabetes.  There is loss of the protective sensation that signals pain and helps avoid injury
  • The American diabetes Association estimates the diabetic-related amputation could be reduced by 50% if patients were routinely tested for neuropathy, educated to prevent injury or complications, and fitted with appropriate as needed.
  • An estimated 2.4 million people with diabetes will develop foot or leg ulcers
  • Curative Network is the largest nationwide network of wound care specialists.  Curative Network uses a comprehensive program with routine neuropathy testing and patient education.  Our goal is to prevent non-healing wounds and amputations related to diabetes.
  • Nationwide, Wound Care Centers have an overall healing rate of over 80%.  This is for chronic wound patients who have completed treatment based upon clinical measurement data.