Mortality rates of individuals with diabetic foot ulcers are about twice those observed in patients with diabetes without foot ulcers.
Karen L. Andrews, M.D., Director of Amputee Rehabilitation Services, Mayo Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and her team sought to assess the etiology and management of chronic diabetic foot ulcers.
Chronic non-healing foot ulcers occur in approximately 15% of patients with diabetes.
Many factors contribute to impaired diabetic wound healing.
Dr. Andrews’ team determined that diabetic foot ulcers are optimally managed by a multidisciplinary integrated team.
Offloading and preventative management are important. Dressings play an adjunctive role. There is a critical need to develop novel treatments to improve healing of diabetic foot ulcers. The goal is to have wounds heal and remain healed.