The Evaluation and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Diabetic Foot Infections

Michael A. Del Core, Junho Ahn, Robert B. Lewis, Katherine M. Raspovic, Trapper A.J. Lalli, Dane K. Wukich

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Abstract

Diabetic foot ulcers and infections are common complications of diabetic foot disease. Additionally, these complications are a common cause of morbidity and impose a substantial burden to the patient and society. It is imperative to understand the major contributing factors, namely, diabetic neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease, and immune system dysfunction in order to guide treatment. Management of diabetic foot disease begins with a detailed history and thorough physical examination. This examination should focus on the manifestations of diabetic neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease, and, in particular, any evidence of diabetic foot ulcers or infection. Prevention strategies should include a multi-disciplinary approach centered on patient education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFoot and Ankle Orthopaedics
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Keywords

  • amputation
  • diabetes
  • foot
  • infection
  • ulcer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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