What is the focus of the physical examination of diabetic foot ulcers?

Updated: Oct 15, 2020
  • Author: Tanzim Khan, DPM; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Answer

Physical examination of the extremity that has a diabetic ulcer can be divided into different categories:

  • Examination of ulceration

  • Examination of the feet

  • Assessment of the possibility of vascular insufficiency [4]

  • Assessment for the possibility of peripheral neuropathy

Remember that diabetes is a systemic disease. Hence, a comprehensive physical examination of the entire patient is also vital.


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