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What is the diabetic foot ?

M Forlee

Abstract


The diabetic foot is defined as the anatomical area below the malleoli in a diabetic patient. Complications of the foot are the commonest cause of hospital admissions in the diabetic. The major adverse outcomes of foot complications are foot ulcers and amputations. 70% of all non-traumatic amputations world-wide are in diabetic patients and 85% of these are preceded by a foot ulcer. A number of risk factors including peripheral neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease and infection, work together to cause ulceration. This article discusses the aetiopathogenesis of diabetic foot complications.

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M Forlee, Kingsbury Hospital

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Peripheral neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, infection, charcot, diabetes

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Continuing Medical Education 2010;28(4):152.

Article History

Date submitted: 2010-01-10
Date published: 2010-04-30

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