Better treatments lower rates of diabetic limb amputations

07/8/2013 | Drug Store News

Despite the steadily rising incidence of type 2 diabetes, the rates of Americans undergoing lower-limb amputations for diabetes-related ulcers have dropped dramatically from 2000 to 2010, according to a study of Medicare claims conducted by the University of Iowa. Researchers found that amputations decreased 28.8%, while surgical orthopedic treatments for ulcers -- such as total-contact casting, Achilles tendon release and calf muscle lengthening -- increased 143.3%.

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