What is included in the long-term monitoring of patients with diabetic foot ulcers?

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

For the most part, diabetic ulcers are managed in the outpatient setting, with brief hospital stays often occurring for initial evaluation and débridement; management of infection, including via intravenous antibiotics and amputations; and vascular evaluation and interventions.

Risk classification and follow-up based on the comprehensive foot examination [75] (Open Table in a new window)

Risk category

Definition

Suggested follow-up

0

No LOPS, no PAD, no deformity

Annually

1

LOPS ± deformity

Every 3–6 months

2

PAD ± LOPS

Every 2–3 months

3

History of ulcer or amputation

Every 1–2 months

LOPS = Loss of protective sensation

PAD = Peripheral arterial disease


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