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A closer look at preserving foot function with a transmetatarsal amputation

from Podiatry Today

Diabetes mellitus, particularly when coupled with neuropathy, is a disease that predisposes affected individuals to a cascade of lower extremity ulcerations, infections and amputations. The complex nature of lower extremity biomechanics is compromised by the natural progression of this disease. Myopathy, tendinopathy and autonomic alterations that result in skin changes can cause insult to both foot form and function. Inherently, first ray biomechanics predispose patients with diabetic neuropathy to submetatarsal head breakdown. more

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