Taking steps to avoid amputations is a high priority of ours. We were given 10 toes for a reason and keeping them all is important.
More than 100,000 lower extremity amputations happen each year. Most of them are in diabetic situations. Most could have been prevented. Loss of adequate blood flow to the legs and feet is the number one cause of amputations. Losing blood flow can happen for many reasons, with diabetes being the most common. Smoking, high blood pressure, and heart disease are other common reasons for losing blood flow to the lower extremities.