A study of Medicare Part B claims from 2000 to 2010 revealed the rate of lower extremity amputations dropped 28.8%, while the number of orthopedic treatment claims for diabetic foot ulcers increased 143.3%. "Amputations at the upper and lower leg level are down 47%, while amputations at the partial toe level increased by 24%. What this means for patients is increased mobility, independence and survival rates," said senior author Dr. Phinit Phisitkul. The findings were published in the journal Foot & Ankle International.

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