Diabetic foot ulcers: Part II. Management

Afsaneh Alavi, R. Gary Sibbald, Dieter Mayer, Laurie Goodman, Mariam Botros, David G. Armstrong, Kevin Woo, Thomas Boeni, Elizabeth A. Ayello, Robert S. Kirsner

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Abstract

The management of diabetic foot ulcers can be optimized by using an interdisciplinary team approach addressing the correctable risk factors (ie, poor vascular supply, infection control and treatment, and plantar pressure redistribution) along with optimizing local wound care. Dermatologists can initiate diabetic foot care. The first step is recognizing that a loss of skin integrity (ie, a callus, blister, or ulcer) considerably increases the risk of preventable amputations. A holistic approach to wound assessment is required. Early detection and effective management of these ulcers can reduce complications, including preventable amputations and possible mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21.e1-21.e24
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume70
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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  • Dermatology

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    Alavi, A., Sibbald, R. G., Mayer, D., Goodman, L., Botros, M., Armstrong, D. G., Woo, K., Boeni, T., Ayello, E. A., & Kirsner, R. S. (2014). Diabetic foot ulcers: Part II. Management. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 70(1), 21.e1-21.e24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2013.07.048