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Diabetic Foot Ulcer

Alternate Names : Diabetic Foot Wound, Diabetic Neuropathic Ulceration, Mal Perforant Ulcer, Diabetic Dermal Ulcer, Diabetic Dermal Wound

Diabetic Foot Ulcer | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Prevention consists of following guidelines for foot care for people with diabetes. These guidelines include regularly inspecting the feet and wearing shoes and inlays that fit properly.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

If a diabetic foot ulcer isn't treated early and effectively, a person may experience:

  • an infection in the ulcer itself
  • septicemia, an infection of the bloodstream, which can be caused by bacteria from the ulcer
  • loss of function and ability to perform activities of daily living
  • amputation of the involved foot or leg
  • death
  • In the United States, people with diabetes account for 50% of nontraumatic amputations. Most of these amputations are below the knee. After a limb has been amputated, the opposite limb is often lost within a few years. This happens not only because of ongoing problems and vascular disease, but also because the opposite leg must bear increased pressure and workload.

    What are the risks to others?

    A diabetic foot ulcer is not contagious and poses no risk to others.

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    Author: Bill O'Halloran, DPM
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/02/01

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