Best practice in the management of diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers on the foot
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Best practice in the management of diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers on the foot

Paul Chadwick Visiting professor, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England

Why you should read this article
  • To understand the differences between diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers on the foot

  • To recognise the value of the multidisciplinary team in the management of diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers on the foot

  • To understand the importance of appropriate wound dressings and the use of topical oxygen therapy for optimal management

Chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers on the foot place a significant economic burden on the UK’s healthcare system. However, diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers are also commonly misdiagnosed.

This article describes the differences between the presentation, diagnosis and subsequent management of diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers. It discusses the negative effects of suboptimal assessment and diagnosis, and examines the role of podiatry in the management of complications associated with these wound types.

The author describes the core principles of treatment, as well as the use of topical oxygen in these complex chronic wounds.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2021.e1686

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

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Correspondence

paul.chad@live.co.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Chadwick P (2021) Best practice in the management of diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers on the foot. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2021.e1686

Published online: 07 April 2021

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