Diabetic foot ulcers: evaluation and management.

Andrea D. Maderal, Alejandra C. Vivas, Thomas G. Zwick, Robert S. Kirsner

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Abstract

Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are a common complication of diabetes and present a significant health risk to patients, as well as impose a large economic burden. Evaluation for contributory factors that may impact general health or healing, such as hyperglycemia, peripheral artery disease, neuropathy, and nutritional status, is of the utmost importance. Management of DFUs requires involvement of a multidisciplinary team and a standardized approach to patient care. Standard therapy for DFUs includes offloading and debridement. Assessment and control of infection are critical, including determining the severity of the infection, which may drive therapeutic approaches. For recalcitrant ulcers, adjuvant therapies are used to hasten the healing process, and newer therapies are under investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-115
Number of pages14
JournalHospital practice (1995)
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)

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