Diabetic Foot Costs

Diabetic Foot Ulcers cost payers $44K ON AVERAGE

The average cost of a diabetic foot ulcer to a public payer was $44,200 per episode.  For those with diabetes and a foot ulcer, the annual cost is more than 5x greater than for diabetes without a foot ulcer.  Not surprisingly, 77% of these costs result from inpatient hospitalizations.

Most payers are unaware of the actual expense of the diabetic foot. 

Diabetic Foot Syndrome

A lower extremity complication is the most common reason for admission in diabetes, and it carries the longest length of stay.

It is a syndrome of conditions including neuropathy, ulcers, infections, osteomyelitis, peripheral artery disease, gangrene, the Charcot foot, and amputations.

 

Avg Length of Stay

Inpatient vs Outpatient Charges

DFU vs No DFU Costs

While 77% of the costs of a DFU result from inpatient hospitalization, readmissions account for approximately 25% of all diabetic foot admissions and are associated with increased costs versus the primary admission.

While 77% of the costs of a DFU result from inpatient hospitalization, readmissions account for approximately 25% of all diabetic foot admissions and are associated with increased costs versus the primary admission.

Amputation Costs