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Diabetic foot ulcers

Tackling one of the most serious complications of diabetes.

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Diabetic foot ulcers are a common and serious complication of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes is associated with ischaemia, neuropathy and deformities that lead to a particularly high risk of developing foot ulcers and a low likelihood of ulcer healing.

Due to the reduced blood supply to the lower limb, diabetic foot ulcers are prone to necrosis, infection, and involvement of deep tissues, including bone. The age-adjusted rate of lower-limb amputation is estimated to be 15 times greater in individuals with diabetes than in the general population  .

Approaches to the management of diabetic foot ulcers include debridement, protection from trauma, treatment of infection, control of exudate, and promotion of healing .


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