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September is Diabetic Foot Ulcers Month

Clinical Strategies to Prevent and Manage Diabetic Foot Ulcers

As part of the WoundSource Practice Accelerator series, we present the following education on a variety of topics related to the assessment, management and prevention of diabetic foot ulcers.

Please scroll below to explore our educational articles, downloadable resources and webinar content, and please share this page with your social network and colleagues. Expanded awareness leads to better prevention and care!

DOWNLOADABLE WHITE PAPER

From Complex to Closure: Diabetic Foot Ulcer Assessment and Management

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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.

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ON-DEMAND WEBINAR

The Diabetic Foot in Remission: Strategies to Make Prevention Pay

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

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Quick Facts - Diabetic Foot Ulcers

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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.

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How Much Do You Know About Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

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How much do you know about diabetic foot ulcer management? Take our 10-question quiz to find out!

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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.

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Read This Month's Featured Blogs

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Complex Wound Management: Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetes-related foot complications, including diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), are leading causes of non-traumatic lower extremity amputation. Of the approximately 420 million adults in the United States with diabetes mellitus, one fourth will develop at least one DFU. DFUs are preceded by a compendium of risk factors, including the presence of neuropathy, external trauma, infection, effects of ischemia from concomitant peripheral arterial disease, malnutrition, and poor hygiene or self-care, among others.

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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 essential to developing a comprehensive plan of care. To implement the treatment plan successfully, clinicians and patients must work together to address each factor contributing to ulcer development and perpetuation.

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Supporting Closure: Therapeutic Interventions for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are arguably among the most difficult types of wounds to manage; the etiology of these wounds poses some of the greatest clinical challenges for healing, considering the multifaceted nature of diabetes mellitus (DM). Multiple patient-related factors must be addressed and controlled through faithful adherence to the prescribed plan of care, which is developed by both the patient and clinicians to ensure success.

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Preventive Care: Reducing the Recurrence of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Comprehensive treatment of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) includes moist local or topical wound care, serial sharp debridement, treatment of infection, mechanical offloading, glycemic control, nutritional management, and overall chronic disease management. These facets of therapy are best addressed by an interdisciplinary approach. If we understand the principles of healing, what can we do to prevent the pathologic process of DFUs? Instituting measures to prevent development of DFUs can decrease morbidity and mortality. There are several organizations with guidelines for prevention of DFU and subsequent complications including amputation, infection, and loss of independence. This article will review the highlights of some of the most recent guidelines for DFU prevention.

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