Published: A tale of two soles- sociomechanical and biomechanical considerations in diabetic limb salvage

A tale of two soles: sociomechanical and biomechanical considerations in diabetic limb salvage and amputation decisionmaking in the worst of times

Joseph Fiorito, Magdiel Trinidad-Hernandez, Brian Leykum, Derek Kevin Smith, Joseph L. Mills, David G. Armstrong

Abstract


Foot ulcerations complicated by infection are the major cause of limb loss in people with diabetes. This is especially true in those patients with severe sepsis. Determining whether to amputate or attempt to salvage a limb often requires in depth evaluation of each individual patient’s physical, mental, and socioeconomic status. The current report presents and juxtaposes two similar patients, admitted to the same service at the same time with severe diabetic foot infections complicated by sepsis. We describe in detail the similarities and differences in the clinical presentation, extent of infection, etiology, and socioeconomic concerns that ultimately led to divergent clinical decisions regarding the choices of attempting diabetic limb salvage versus primary amputation and prompt rehabilitation.

David G. Armstrong

Dedicated to amputation prevention, wound healing, diabetic foot, biotechnology and the intersection between medical devices and consumer electronics.

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