Many patients with diabetes face the possibility of toe and limb amputation. Because diabetes is one of the leading causes of amputation, it is important to be aware of what life is like after having your toes amputated.
Below, our DFW diabetic limb salvage doctor guides patients on how best to manage long-term care while still living an active life.
Common Reasons for Amputated Toes
There are several reasons you may need to have one or more of your toes amputated. The most common cause is diabetes, which damages blood vessels and nerves that supply blood to the feet, resulting in poor circulation and infections that can cause sores and foot ulcers. When a wound does not heal properly, it can become infected. If the infection cannot be stopped, amputation is often needed to save a patient’s life.
Other Reasons for a Toe Amputation
- Gangrene caused by infection or trauma
- Severe deformities present at birth
- Years of wearing poorly-fitting shoes
- Crushing injury that damages the toe
In some cases, toe amputations are also necessary due to cancerous tumors or circulatory problems.
Life After a Toe Amputation
If you have a toe amputated, it is important to follow any instructions provided by your doctor. Since an amputated toe can often be a challenge to heal, you want to be sure to care for the wound properly by keeping it clean, dry, and covered. It’s important to check it daily for any sign of a problem and keep pressure off the wound by using a walking device or special shoe.
Living with an amputated toe can be difficult, but it does not mean that your way of life has to stop. One key component is finding the right shoe for your foot shape and size, so make sure you consult with a podiatrist regularly who can help keep up with any changes in your foot shape over time. Another option is to use a partial foot prosthetic.
Additionally, it is important to listen to your body. If something does not feel right, don’t push yourself too far. Always consult with your podiatrist immediately if you start experiencing pain or discomfort related to your condition.
Contact Our Diabetes Limb Salvage and Wound Care Podiatrists
If you have concerns about an amputated toe, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation today. We can discuss treatment options based on your specific needs. To request an appointment, contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient contact form online or by calling our office at 817-481-4000.