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Foot ulcerations are not uncommon among type II diabetics and can lead to severe and chronic infections that may require amputation. With diabetics, a combination of decreased sensation, decreased blood vessel function, and decreased ability to heal wounds after trauma will increase the person’s risk of developing gangrene or a severe infection of the lower legs. Common amputations include the following on one or both sides: toes, fingers, ankles, legs, and thighs.
If the person is not too sick or confused, they may be able to use a prosthesis (an artificial limb). Still, complications can arise from prosthetic use because the device can often rub against their skin and produce additional ulceration. Many times, if they have both legs amputated above the knees, they will be confined to a wheelchair if they are not coordinated enough to walk with artificial knee prostheses.