Many amputations are avoidable
In Germany, there are currently around 40,000 to 50,000 amputations per year. And now for the really dramatic part: Four out of five amputations could have been avoided. Studies show this. But significantly improved prevention would be the prerequisite. This means, for example, that patients would receive podiatric care at an early stage after the diagnosis of diabetes. They should receive training on injury-free foot care, be sensitized to this by diabetes advisors, and also be optimally equipped in terms of their footwear. In the medical field, everything necessary to identify patients at risk should be implemented. These are just a few examples. The GEHWOL Diabetes Report sheds some light on the state of prevention. To prevent foot problems such as diabetic foot syndrome at an early stage, all specialists would need to work together: Doctors' practices, podologists, diabetes consultations, orthopaedic shoe technology, pharmacies. Patients would also have to cooperate, and take action in home foot care.