Current concepts in the surgical management of acute diabetic foot infections

Javier La Fontaine, Kavita Bhavan, Talal K. Talal, Lawrence A. Lavery

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Diabetic foot complications are common, costly, and difficult to treat. Peripheral neuropathy, repetitive trauma, and peripheral vascular disease are common reasons that lead to ulcers, infection, and hospitalization. Individuals with diabetes presenting with foot infection require optimal medical and surgical management to accomplish limb salvage and prevent amputation; aggressive short-term and meticulous long-term care plans are required. Multiple classification systems have been recommended to ease the understanding and the management of these infections. Multi-disciplinary approach is the mainstay for a successful management. Such teams typically include multiple medical, surgical, and nursing specialties across a variety of public and private health care systems. This article is an overview in how to medically and surgically approach the diabetic foot infection with emphasis in soft tissue infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-127
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Abscess
  • Foot infections
  • Foot ulcers
  • Wound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Podiatry
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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