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Team Approach: Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcer

Pinzur, Michael S., MD1,a; Cavanah Dart, Harriet, CPed2; Hershberger, Richard C., MD1; Lomasney, Laurie M., MD1; O’Keefe, Paul, MD1; Slade, David H., MD1

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.15.00080
Team Approach Review Article

  • ➢ At any point in time, 3% to 4% of the 29.1 million diabetic patients in the United States (9.3% of the population) will have a foot ulcer.
  • ➢ Diabetes-associated foot ulcers and infection lead to >70,000 lower-extremity amputations yearly in the United States.
  • ➢ Between one-third and one-half of diabetic patients undergoing a major lower-extremity amputation will die within 2 years after the amputation.
  • ➢ Multidisciplinary population health-management strategies have been developed to decrease the rate and magnitude of this important comorbidity in the diabetic population.
  • ➢ The goal of the present review is to provide the reader with a framework for the development of a health-care-system strategy for addressing this complex patient population.

1Loyola University Health System, Maywood, Illinois

2Scheck & Siress Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics, Lake Bluff, Illinois

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