Diabetics have a 15 to 20% higher risk of developing foot ulcers. Out of these 15% ulcers lead to amputation of the leg. Majority of leg amputations are preceded by a foot ulcer.
It is estimated that < 1 Year after amputation : 15% patients undergo further amputation.
> 1 year after major limb amputation, 40% patients lose the other leg
As can be seen, after a major amputation, 60% patients lose the other limb within 3 to 5 years