Millions of Americans suffer from the damaging effects of diabetes. Categorized as a disease in which the bodies of those impacted are unable to produce or metabolize insulin properly, many individuals with diabetes develop circulatory problems. In many cases individuals living with diabetes suffer skin ailments such as ulcers, calluses and infections which, if left untreated, can result in gangrene.
One man who was diagnosed as suffering from diabetes, renal disease and peripheral vascular disease; recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against his podiatrist. According to the lawsuit, the man visited the foot doctor to ensure his feet were free of ulcers and other injuries that could potentially pose a problem. Upon his visit, the doctor noted that the man's second toe displayed early signs of gangrene. However, despite noting the second toe was in poor physical shape, the doctor took no further medical action.