Of the 20 million Americans suffering today from diabetes, one million will probably be killed by their feet. A diabetic foot ulcer and its attendant complications constitute a surer death sentence than colorectal cancer—just over half of all diagnosed patients survive for five years. More startling than these statistics, however, is that for 40 years, physicians have known about a safe medical procedure to prevent these ulcers. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve the treatment.