Classification of diabetic foot wounds

Lawrence A. Lavery, David G. Armstrong, Lawrence B. Harkless

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Foot ulcers in persons with diabetes are one of the most common precursors to lower extremity amputation. Appropriate care of the diabetic foot ulceration requires a clear, descriptive classification system that may be used to direct appropriate therapy and possibly predict outcome. Ideally, this system would be used by all participants in a multidisciplinary limb salvage team. We describe a clinical classification system for diabetic foot wounds that evaluates wound depth, the presence of infection, and peripheral arterial occlusive disease in every category of the wound assessment. The goal of this system is to improve communication, leading to a less complex, more predictable treatment course and, ultimately, an improved result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-531
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1996



  • amputation
  • diabetes
  • foot
  • infection
  • neuropathy
  • ulcer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

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Lavery, L. A., Armstrong, D. G., & Harkless, L. B. (1996). Classification of diabetic foot wounds. Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, 35(6), 528-531.