Diabetes: foot ulcers and amputations

Overview

Diabetic foot ulceration is full-thickness penetration of the dermis of the foot in a person with diabetes. Ulcer severity is often classified using the Wagner system.[1] Grade 1 ulcers are superficial ulcers involving the full skin thickness but no underlying tissues. Grade 2 ulcers are deeper, penetrating down to ligaments and muscle, but not involving bone or abscess formation. ...read more. Grade 3 ulcers are deep ulcers with cellulitis or abscess formation, often complicated with osteomyelitis. Ulcers with localised gangrene are classified as Grade 4, and those with extensive gangrene involving the entire foot are classified as Grade 5.

Latest citations

Predictors of Lower-Extremity Amputation in Patients With an Infected Diabetic Foot Ulcer. ( 31 March 2015 )

Negative pressure wound therapy for treating foot wounds in people with diabetes mellitus. ( 09 March 2015 )