The non-healing diabetic foot wound: fact or fiction?

P. R. Cavanagh, J. S. Ulbrecht, Gregory Caputo

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Wounds on the feet of diabetic patients are often labeled as "non-healing." This article discusses the basis for and the dangers of such a classification. The evidence suggests that if the foot has an adequate vascular supply and no significant infection, a plantar wound that does not heal is the result of poor treatment and/or poor compliance. Wounds that do not heal despite optimal treatment and compliance are extremely rare and need to be referred to the appropriate specialist for care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOstomy Wound Management
Issue number3 A Suppl
StatePublished - Mar 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nursing(all)


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