One Foot Ulcer Can Lead to Another in Diabetes Patients

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Even minor lesions can create a major risk of more severe foot wounds for those with diabetes, says a new study in Diabetes Care. 171 neuropathic diabetic patients with a recently healed plantar foot ulcer and custom-made footwear were evaluated for 18 months or until ulceration occurred. While 71 patients developed foot ulcers, 41 of these were as a result of unrecognized "trauma" and those who had minor lesions when the study began were nine times more likely than those who didn't to develop an ulcer. Patients who wore customized shoes for specific pressure points had a 57%  lower risk of developing a new foot ulcer, compared to those who did not. 

One Foot Ulcer Can Lead to Another in Diabetes Patients
One Foot Ulcer Can Lead to Another in Diabetes Patients
The best defense, Dutch researchers say, is to treat even minor sores carefully and to protect feet from pressure and injury with specialized footwear. People with diabetes often lose feeling in their feet as a result of nerve damage, known as neuropathy. To find out what factors most strongly ...

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