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Podiatry and Diabetic Foot Problems: The diabetic foot is beset by 3 interrelated problems (to name a few) – Ischemia, compromised immune function, and peripheral neuropathy – all of which increase risk of injury, infection, and loss of limb. New tools, techniques and treatments can help you improve outcomes for your diabetic patients dealing with these and other foot problems.

Telemonitoring of Diabetic Foot Ulcers Might Lead to More Death

Study finds higher mortality incidence in telemedical monitoring group compared with standard outpatient-monitoring group… Telemonitoring of diabetic foot ulcers involves remotely monitoring patients who are not at the same location as the health care provider. Patients communicate with a specialized ulcer nurse or physician at an outpatient clinic through telephone …

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Avoiding Fraud and Waste with Diabetic Therapeutic Footwear

Criteria for a diabetic patient’s therapeutic footwear. Since 1993 Medicare has covered therapeutic shoes for diabetic patients. Within 5 years of the benefit’s availability, a report from the Office of the Inspector General of the United States found that 57% of paid claims had missing or inadequate documentation, while an …

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Vivo Barefoot

  From Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief, Diabetes In Control: Most of us are used to standing on our feet for long hours each day, whether it’s behind a pharmacy counter, going from exam room to exam room, or lecturing in a classroom. At the end of the day nothing feels as …

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New Guidelines Recommend Off-Loading to Increase Likelihood of Diabetic Foot Ulcer Healing

According to consensus guidelines, relieving pressure on the foot through the use of off-loading improves healing outcomes and reduces complications in patients with diabetic foot ulcers… “The Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers Through Optimal Off-Loading – Building Consensus Guidelines and Practical Recommendations to Improve Outcomes,” was authored by a multidisciplinary …

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New Drug Delivery System to Heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Deferoxamine delivered through the skin has the potential to prevent amputations… Stanford University School of Medicine researchers presented results at the American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress showing they have developed a drug delivered via a skin patch that can heal wounds and prevent those wounds from reoccurring. Geoffrey …

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African-Americans More Likely to Have Amputations

Black Americans on Medicare are three times more likely than other patients to lose a leg to amputation because of complications with diabetes and peripheral arterial disease…. Even low-risk black patients with diabetes and peripheral arterial disease faced a higher risk of amputation than most nonblack patients, according to a …

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