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- Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU): A non-healing or poorly healing full-thickness wound, through the dermis, below the ankle in an individual with diabetes, critical in the natural history of the diabetic foot.
- DFUs are categorized as being purely neuropathic, purely ischemic or neuroischemic (mixed).
- Most common sites: plantar surface of foot (metatarsal heads and midfoot), toes (dorsal interphalangeal joints or distal tip).
- Pathogenesis: DFUs frequently caused by repetitive injury to an insensate or dysvascular foot.
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Last updated: December 14, 2015
Sanders, Lee J. "Foot Ulcers." Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide, 2015. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Diabetes_Guide/547054/all/Foot_Ulcers.
Sanders LJ. Foot Ulcers. Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide. 2015. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Diabetes_Guide/547054/all/Foot_Ulcers. Accessed July 22, 2019.
Sanders, L. J. (2015). Foot Ulcers. In Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Diabetes_Guide/547054/all/Foot_Ulcers
Sanders LJ. Foot Ulcers [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide. ; 2015. [cited 2019 July 22]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Diabetes_Guide/547054/all/Foot_Ulcers.
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