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Amputations of feet and toes in diabetes patients doubled due to corona

In the first year of the corona pandemic, many more diabetic patients had their feet and toes amputated than usual. Before the pandemic, that was 2,500 feet and toes a year. In 2020 there were an estimated two to three times as many, the AD writes.

In times of corona, many appointments with, for example, diabetes nurses and podiatrists were canceled because the space in the waiting rooms was limited due to the risk of contamination or because people did not dare to go to an appointment due to the risk of contamination.

During these appointments, it is checked whether there are wounds, fissures or pressure points that people do not feel themselves. “Because that took place a lot less, people with a more advanced stage of wounds came to the doctor,” said Nadine Boers of UMC Utrecht in the interview. NOS Radio 1 News

Also in 2021

According to Boers, there are indications that last year too many more feet and toes were deposited on diabetes patients than before corona. Precise figures will only be available once the claims from the health insurers are known.

Diabetes can damage nerves and blood vessels. This sometimes starts with complaints such as tingling, pain or numbness in the feet. “It is very important to be aware of this. Will I notice if I have a wound under my feet? Or if a blister develops? If you don’t, you have a high risk of developing a wound without realizing it .”

At the UMC Utrecht, Boers is conducting research among diabetes patients into reducing nerve complaints that can lead to wounds and amputations.

Amputations of feet and toes in diabetes patients doubled due to corona
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