Off-loading the diabetic foot for ulcer prevention and healing.

@article{Cavanagh2011OffloadingTD,
  title={Off-loading the diabetic foot for ulcer prevention and healing.},
  author={Peter Re Cavanagh and Sicco A Bus},
  journal={Plastic and reconstructive surgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={127 Suppl 1},
  pages={
          248S-256S
        }
}
Retrospective and prospective studies have shown that elevated plantar pressure is a causative factor in the development of many plantar ulcers in diabetic patients and that ulceration is often a precursor of lower-extremity amputation. Herein, we review the evidence that relieving areas of elevated plantar pressure (off-loading) can prevent and heal plantar ulceration.There is no consensus in the literature concerning the role of off-loading through footwear in the primary or secondary… CONTINUE READING

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