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This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author s and source are credited. Skip to main content Skip to sections. Advertisement Hide. Download PDF. Diabetes Therapy December , Cite as. Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Open Access. First Online: 20 April The presence of diabetic neuropathy can be established from an abbreviated medical history and physical examination.
Diabetic foot ulcers are defined as: neuropathic in the presence of peripheral diabetic neuropathy and absence of ischemia; ischemic if the patient presents peripheral artery disease but no diabetic peripheral neuropathy; and neuroischemic if neuropathy and ischemia coexist. Apart from this rather crude classification, many efforts have been made to categorize foot ulcers according to extent, size and depth, location, presence of infection, and ischemia.
Other classification systems for diabetic foot ulcers have also been proposed and validated [ 27 ]. Grade Description of the ulcer 0 Pre- or postulcerative lesion completely epithelialized 1 Superficial, full-thickness ulcer limited to the dermis, not extending to the subcutis 2 Ulcer of the skin extending through the subcutis with exposed tendon or bone and without osteomyelitis or abscess formation 3 Deep ulcers with osteomyelitis or abscess formation 4 Localized gangrene of the toes or the forefoot 5 Foot with extensive gangrene.
Debridement Debridement should be carried out in all chronic wounds to remove surface debris and necrotic tissues. Off-loading Off-loading of the ulcer area is extremely important for the healing of plantar ulcers. There are a number of removable cast walkers RCW , which usually have a lightweight, semirigid shell that helps support the limb whilst also providing full-cell protection Fig.
The sole is of a rocker type, offering off-loading of the forefoot during standing and walking. The foot base is wide and there is enough room for dressings. In some RCWs, overlapping air cells provide intermittent pneumatic compression for edema reduction. In other RCWs, there are additional layers of foam or other soft material, offering total contact [ 41 ].
Half shoes are another solution for patients who cannot tolerate other methods of off-loading, although they provide less pressure relief than a cast boot and are difficult to walk in. Therapeutic shoes, custom insoles, and the use of felted foam Fig. Acknowledgments Dr. Conflict of interest The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
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People with diabetes are prone to foot problems that develop due to prolonged periods of high blood sugar levels. Diabetic neuropathy and. People with diabetes can develop many different foot problems. Even ordinary problems can get worse and lead to serious complications. Foot problems most.
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