The physicians at BAFC are specialized in advanced diabetic wound care and limb preservation. They go beyond traditional treatments for chronic wound patients and undergo the necessary research to find the most advanced modalities and technology to ensure best outcomes.
Approximately 29 million people in the US and 350 million people worldwide have Diabetes.
1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Public awareness of the consequences of a diabetic wound leading to an amputation and a 50% chance of a 5-year mortality rate is not widely known. Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputations.
The pathway to an amputation begins when the patient with diabetes develops peripheral neuropathy. Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is defined as damage to the nerve endings most commonly occurring in the feet.
Due to the nerve damage that occurs from diabetes, we’re unable to feel the injury that can occur from stepping on a sharp object, walking on hot asphalt during a hot summer day or temperature of the hot water in the shower. These are just a few examples of how peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage in the feet) can lead to a foot injury.
Once the foot injury occurs such as a break in the skin, blister, or a puncture wound, the door is now open for an infection to develop. The most common foot injury that occurs in patients with DPN is a Diabetic Foot Ulcer.
1 in 4 patients with Diabetes will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime.
It is the foot ULCER, if not treated quickly and appropriately, that frequently leads to a foot or leg amputation.
85% of all foot and leg amputations are preceded by a foot ULCER.
What’s important to know is that foot and leg amputations are to a large extent PREVENTABLE.
Early and timely assessment by our team is paramount. With the correct diagnosis and management of the foot ulcer, infection and/or circulatory problems, we can save the foot from being amputated.
The BAFC staff creates patient care plans to help educate the patient on the needed steps involved for healthy feet and to prevent unneeded amputations. Managing complicated diabetic wounds requires a multidisciplinary approach utilizing a team that understands the risk factors that leads to amputations and that strive to save limbs. They specialize in amputation prevention and we understand how losing the foot or leg can be devastating to the patient and his/her family.