The following is the case of a 72-year-old diabetic female. The patient has been diabetic for over 30 years and has a history of circulatory problems in her feet and legs. Previous amputations include right big toe and left 4th and 5th toe.
The patient reports to have little to no feeling in her toes. As a result of circulatory problems and limited blood flow, the toe that we are focusing on has developed gangrene; dead and dying tissue showing signs of necrosis and full exposure of the bone.
Amputation is scheduled for the very near future once we can determine that a safe enough blood flow to the region is available in order to safely remove the decaying toe.
Side note: The patient did not feel or see her infected, gangrenous toe until her husband pointed it out.
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