Prevention and management of neuropathic diabetic foot ulcers
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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