Recent studies cited in our renowned journal "Podiatry Today" and originally published in "Annals of Vascular Surgery" and "Diabetes Care" have shown several staggering statistics:
Patients with diabetes are coming in for major amputations at a much higher rate than prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. In one study, an astonishing 42% of patients came in for major amputation in 2020 compared to 18% of patients in 2019. A higher degree of tissue loss was also reported in patients with diabetes during the coronavirus crisis than prior - up to 59% more this year than last year.
Another study showed a more than threefold risk of amputation in patients with diabetic foot ulcers between similar time periods in 2020 and 2019.
These statistics outlined in "Podiatry Today" demonstrate significant upticks which may be due in part to patients waiting too long to see a doctor because of the pandemic.
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