What is a ‘foot amputation’?

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A foot amputation is a surgical removal of the foot. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of foot amputation because diabetes increases your risk of developing nerve damage (neuropathy) in your feet. Diabetes also increases your risk of vascular disease, reduced circulation to your feet and infections. It important for you to carry out good foot care as this will reduce your risk of developing foot deformities and foot ulcers.  Foot ulcers left untreated can become infected and gangrenous and ultimately lead to foot damage that requires foot amputation.

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