From Indianapolis, Indiana, USA:
If a person in her 40s who has type 1 diabetes sustains a fracture necessitating an open fixation reduction, would she have an increased risk of circulatory problems as she ages?
This is a hard question to answer, not knowing any of the history. For instance, a well controlled patient with diabetes in the absence of microvascular complications should heal if blood sugars are controlled. On the other hand, a person with diabetes for a long time may have compromised circulation to the area that needs to heal. The best bet is to be aggressive with blood sugar control during the healing process.
If the questions centers around circulation, it appears to me that this should be okay unless the surgical repair or the original injury damaged the blood vessels to the more dependent portion of the foot. In other words, I do not think a fracture should cause circulation problems unless the blood vessels were damaged in some way.
Original posting 3 Apr 2001
Posted to Complications
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:20
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2016. Comments and Feedback.