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Managing foot ulcers in patients with diabetes

Abstract

Over 1 million people in the UK have diabetes mellitus,1 of whom around 7-10% will, at some point, develop a foot ulcer.2 These ulcers, which in severe cases extend to muscle and bone, are prone to infection and can lead to gangrene and may necessitate amputation. Around 85% of amputations in people with diabetes are preceded by persistent foot ulcers.3 Here, we review the management of such ulcers.

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