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The Diabetic Foot in Remission: Strategies to Make Prevention Pay

Dr. David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD.

Because neuroischemic complications are associated with a high rate of recurrence, this presentation proposes a slight shift in how health care providers counsel and communicate risk daily to their patients. If the epidemiology of this problem is comparable with that of cancer, and recurrences are common, then perhaps language commensurate with such risks should follow.

This program will review tried and true as well as up-to-the minute advances in biologics, consumer electronics, mechanics, medicine, and surgery that are “pushing the envelope” in extending ulcer-free, hospital-free, and activity-rich days in efforts to make prevention pay.


From Complex to Closure: Diabetic Foot Ulcer Assessment and Management

Twenty-five percent of persons with diabetes mellitus in the United States will develop diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), which increase the risk of amputation and mortality. This illustrated and well-referenced guide provides an in-depth review of DFUs, as well as patient education to aid in prevention of these serious chronic wounds.

Quick Facts – Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Download Quick Facts – Diabetic Foot Ulcers and share it within your facility. This two-page fact sheet was created to support staff education on diabetic foot ulcer management and prevention. The print-friendly format is perfect for posting on the bulletin board or distributing to your nursing staff at in-service.

How Much Do You Know About Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

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Terms to know: Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Callus: Localized area where the stratum corneum is thickened, typically found bordering ulcerations on the plantar, medial, and lateral surfaces of the foot; in the setting of diabetic foot ulcer, this indicates an area of repetitive external pressure or trauma.

Cellular and/or tissue-based product: Engineered products created to promote biological repair or regeneration of wound tissue by providing signaling, structural, or cellular elements with or without systems that contain living tissue or cells.

Charcot arthropathy: A pathologic biomechanical deformity of the foot in patients with diabetes mellitus involving disruption or disintegration of the joints of the foot and ankle, typically accompanied by erythema and edema.


Complex Wound Management: Diabetic Foot Ulcers

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Diabetic Foot Ulcer Classification and Assessment

Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are ostensibly the most challenging types of chronic ulcerations to manage, given their multifactorial nature. Thorough, systematic assessment of a patient with a DFU is…

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Supporting Closure: Therapeutic Interventions for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

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Preventive Care: Reducing the Recurrence of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

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