oa Professional Nursing Today - Diabetes : diagnosis and management of diabetic foot ulcers : wound care



Foot ulcers are the most common complication of diabetes mellitus and often lead to lower extremity amputation. A foot ulcer is an open sore or wound (full thickness skin lesion) commonly occurring under the foot and is associated with reduced healing capacity. Most commonly it is defined as a full thickness skin lesion that takes more than 14 days to heal. The most frequent underlying aetiologies are neuropathy, trauma, deformity, high plantar pressures, and peripheral arterial disease.


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