How to help diabetic patients avoid amputation: Prevention and management of foot ulcers

S. M. Shenaq, Michael J Klebuc, D. Vargo

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Abstract

Foot ulcers are a weighty complication of diabetes whose significance is often underestimated. They are associated with a high degree of morbidity and mortality, and treatment is laborious and costly. The problem of susceptibility to foot ulceration is best addressed through a prevention program emphasizing patient education, pedal hygiene, regular follow-up visits, and lifestyle modification. Such programs are most efficiently administered by a healthcare team. When ulcers do occur, it is important to take a systematic approach to management, stressing infection control, metabolic stabilization, thorough debridement, and meticulous wound care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-180+183-186+191-192
JournalPostgraduate medicine
Volume96
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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