"Rosemary Vega has been a diabetic for 41 “mostly uneventful” years. But in July, she went on a beachside vacation and noticed her foot was bleeding and her toe was infected.
When she returned home, she went to her podiatrist, who tried to treat the infection with antibiotics.
The infection persisted and reached the bone, so Vega, 61, went to another podiatrist, who sent her to South Miami Hospital. Dr. Christopher Blanco amputated her toe Aug. 24.
Vega was at risk of losing her foot because she also suffers from loss of circulation. Fearing that she wouldn’t heal property, doctors instead performed an atherectomy and angioplasty to open up the vessels in her foot and return circulation.Within a month, she was healed.
Vega suffers from diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage that most often affects feet and legs. It is caused by high blood sugar that damages nerve fibers throughout the body, according to Dr. Edgar Galinanes, vascular surgeon at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at South Miami Hospital."