Skin and Foot Health:
Management of Chronic Skin Conditions in At-Risk Populations
Millions of people, especially older adults and persons with diabetes or venous insufficiency, are at risk for xerosis, hyperkeratosis, and other dermatological issues such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous ulcers, and amputations. The cost, both in human suffering and economically, is enormous, as is the impact of these disorders on the health care system. In at-risk populations, proper management and a regular skin care regimen are key to preventing dermatological complications, which can be serious and even fatal. For podiatrists and other foot care specialists, heightened awareness of prevalent skin disorders in at-risk populations is crucial to evidence-based patient care.
A regular skin care regimen is an essential component of preventive podiatric care. By implementing a specific and routine regimen, patients with diabetes or persons otherwise at risk of skin conditions can decrease the potential for skin breakdown, infections, and other complications.
This guide describes skin care best practices for podiatrists and other health care professionals who treat patients at risk for dryness-related and vascular skin disorders.
The guide begins with an overview of the scope of the problem and covers the following topics of particular relevance to podiatrists and other health care professionals:
This white paper is generally written for podiatrists and other health care professionals with an interest in preventative care solutions.
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