Podiatry and diabetic foot ulcers

A US study investigated whether having podiatry before developing a foot ulcer affected outcomes in patients with diabetes

Outcomes improved in diabetic patients who had podiatry, study found (Photograph: James King-Holmes/SPL)
Outcomes improved in diabetic patients who had podiatry, study found (Photograph: James King-Holmes/SPL)

A US study investigated whether having podiatry before developing a foot ulcer affected outcomes in patients with diabetes. Using details of 27,545 patients aged >65 and 208 aged <65 who had diabetes and a diabetic foot ulcer, risk of amputation and hospitalisation was estimated. The different characteristics of patients who received podiatry and those who did not were adjusted for. The results showed patients who received podiatry in the year before developing a foot ulcer were less likely to experience amputation or hospitalisation than those who had not.

Gibson TB, Driver VR, Wrobel JS. Int Wound J 2014; 11: 641-8.

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