Most diabetic amputations could easily be prevented with good foot care and wound treatment. You can't always prevent an ulcer, but you can almost always prevent an amputation. Here's what you need to know about preventing foot sores and treating them in order to avoid an amputation.
People with diabetes are at increased risk for complications from wound healing for several reasons. First, diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slower to heal than in people who do not have the disease. Second, many people with diabetes also have neuropathy — reduced sensation in their hands or feet — which means they don't necessarily notice an injury right away.
Why are feet at more risk for diabetes wounds? Because feet just take more of a beating in our daily lives than hands do, and we don't look at them as often, so it's harder to spot a wound.