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J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 1997 Jul;87(7):305-12.

Team approach toward lower extremity amputation prevention in diabetes.

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Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA.

Abstract

Through a discussion of the etiology and pathology of diabetic foot lesions with particular emphasis on ulceration and osteoarthropathy, the author will develop a plan for treatment and prevention using a multidisciplinary approach to such problems. Underlying risk factors including neuropathy, ischemia, infection, and, especially high pressures must be evaluated and appropriately ameliorated in order to promote resolution and avoidance of recidivism. Accordingly, conservative management with pressure-relieving devices, topical therapies, and prophylactic surgery on structural deformities plays an integral part in the overall podiatric management of the high-risk foot in diabetes mellitus.

PMID:
9241972
DOI:
10.7547/87507315-87-7-305
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