According to statistics from the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) website, Diabetes affects 26 million people in the US and more than 366 million people worldwide and up to 25% of those with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer. More than half of all foot ulcers will become infected, requiring hospitalization and 20% of infections result in amputation. This means that every 20 seconds, somewhere in the world, a limb is lost as a consequence of diabetes.
One of the important elements in the treatment of a Diabetic foot ulcer is to reduce the weight on the foot with the ulcer allowing the tissue to heal. Many people with Diabetes, especially the elderly, are not strong or stable enough to use crutches so they have not had many good options before the Freedom Leg. As mentioned in an early post, “The Freedom Leg in conjunction with a secondary device such as a cane or walker can give them safe mobility. The Freedom Leg can support their weight while the secondary device can provide additional stability.”