Diabetes and Wound Management
As each year passes, it becomes clearer that the diabetic epidemic continues to grow. Americans are growing older and more obese, and even children are increasingly being affected by this insidious disease. The good news is that recently the much-heralded Thomson-Reuters study has validated what the podiatric profession has known for decades-podiatric care reduces amputation risk in diabetics. According to this APMA - funded research, "Patients who had seen a podiatrist in the year prior to the onset of a foot ulcer had significantly lower rates of any amputation and hospitalization than
those who had not."
Armed with this powerful data, individually and collectively, we must spread the word to patients, insurance carriers, legislators, and other professionals that we are the cost-effective providers of high-quality foot and ankle care to diabetics. Of course, the best way to strengthen our position is to ensure that we stay current on the best treatment protocols and new technologies in this ever-changing field (and the related field of wound management). This is the impetus for presenting this special section of our website.
- Diabetes and Podiatry
- Surgical Off-loading of Plantar Hallux Ulcerations
These approaches can be used to treat DFUs.
- Cutting Edge Treatments for Diabetic Foot Management
These new products allow for early detection and care of DFUs.
- Ethnic, Racial and Hereditary Influences in Diabetes
Is it nature, nurture, or both?
- Developing Your “Whole Body” Diabetic Treatment Program
Proper evaluation and patient education are key.
- Biofilm’s Role in Chronic Wounds and Healing
The authors take a look at the relationship between microbial species, biofilm-forming capabilities, and their antibiotic sensitivities.
- Medical Marijuana and the Diabetic Foot
Cannabis prescriptions may be on the horizon.
- Debunking Common Barriers Cited for Avoiding TCC Use
We are great at putting things on DFUs. Why are we so bad at taking the most critical thing off?
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis
New technologies show promise in managing this challenging condition.
- Evidence-Based Edema Reduction for the Treatment of Wounds
Can multilayer compression dressings be used in patients with PAD?
- Best Practices Using Footwear to Treat DFUs
We can lengthen the time until these ulcerations recur.
- Making Limb-Saving Alliances
David G. Armstrong, DPM is redefining diabetic wound care with his precedent-setting toe-and-flow approach.
- Surgical Management of Lesser Metatarsal Head Ulcers in Diabetic Patients
Surgical intervention is often a useful intervention for off-loading plantar pressures.
- Lymphedema: An Overview
Here’s a close look at this unappreciated circulatory system.
- Metabolic Syndrome and Its Effect on Wound Healing
This common condition is often overlooked and certainly undertreated.
- Wound Care and DME
It’s a good time to upgrade your knowledge in this area.
- Update on Custom Diabetic Foot Inserts
The saga of the custom therapeutic shoe insert code concludes.
- New Insights into Preventing Diabetic Foot Disease: Part 2
Here are some new solutions to these challenges, along with updated guidelines.
- Reverse Sural Artery Adipofascial Turndown Flap for Ulcerations with Achilles Exposure
The authors delineate why this is a versatile procedure for limb salvage.
- Prevention of Lower Extremity Amputations
Conservative modalities can lessen morbidity.
- Diabetes and mHealth: Using SmartPhones, Apps, and Other Technologies
Can we create “smarter” diabetic patients through electronic self-management of disease?
- Surgical Management of Ankle Fractures in Diabetics
Evaluation and proper fixation are key.
- Coding, Compliance, and Documentation for Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Thorough documentation and accurate coding are key.
- Pulling up the Pants Leg
You don’t want to miss managing your diabetic patients’ venous leg ulcers.
- A Simplified “How to” on Prescribing Wound Dressings for Home Use
The choice of the proper dressing can facilitate faster healing.