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Foot Ankle Clin. 2006 Dec;11(4):849-63.

Ankle fractures in diabetics.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, 3471 Fifth Avenue, Kaufman Building Suite 1010, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.


Treatment of the diabetic patient with ankle fracture presents a unique set of challenges to the surgeon. The care of these patients should follow a multidisciplinary approach with a team of orthopedic and vascular surgeons, internists, anesthesiologists, nurses, and diabetic educators. Meticulous preoperative planning, intraoperative technique, and postoperative care can be decrease potential limb-threatening complications; however, complications will occur despite excellent care. Early recognition and treatment of preoperative complications is imperative. These patients require close attention for long periods, and the surgeon should plan on building a strong relationship with these patients.

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