Prevention and management of neuropathic diabetic foot ulcers
Lorna Jarrett Advanced diabetes podiatrist, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Peripheral neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes that can reduce patients’ quality of life, and is a major risk factor for foot ulceration and limb amputation. This article outlines the aetiological and pathological factors involved in the development of diabetic foot ulceration through the use of a case study. The role of diabetes foot screening is explored as a preventive measure, and the importance of risk assessment and stratification, and appropriate referral are discussed.
Nursing Standard. 28, 7,55-65. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.10.28.7.55.e7346
Received: 04 November 2012
Accepted: 03 April 2013
Published in print: 16 October 2013