Diabetes-related foot problems can lead to complications that can lead to a non-healing wound, infection, and sometimes amputation. Research shows that amputation rates can be reduced by up to 50% with proper education along with appropriate lifestyle changes. As the founder of the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute, I am dedicated to reducing diabetes-related amputations in a high-risk population, domestically and internationally.
Dr. Bill Releford states that "I am a pediatric surgeon based in Los Angeles with more than 30 years of experience in preventing diabetes-related amputations. I have developed my patented platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to manage foot complications. ) have developed several therapies, including therapy."
Statistics show that half of all debates recorded in the United States are due to diabetes. In 2010, 73,000 American adults with diabetes experienced amputation. African Americans are experiencing declining numbers due to racial bias in the health care delivery system.
Diabetic foot complications can be treated and incorporated by a multilevel strategy. I am helping patients by strengthening the techniques of mind, body, and soul.
Due to the low number of African-Americans experiencing extremity amputation, I established The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program in 2007 to reduce amputation rates in this high-risk segment.
Releford says that “Additionally, I use a multi-disciplinary approach to wound care and limb healing. I incorporate knowledge and expertise from infectious disease, vascular surgery, nutrition, as well as internal medicine specialists.”