Current Insights On Treating Ankle Fractures In Patients With Diabetes

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Visoth Chan, DPM, David Pougatsch, DPM, and Ronald Belczyk, DPM

   Many conservative and surgical treatment options exist, but maintaining stability and managing the soft tissue envelope are essential in minimizing complications. When complications arise in diabetic ankle fractures, strategies consisting of multiple surgeries and adjunct treatments are required to prevent limb loss.

   Dr. Chan is a third-year resident at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles.

   Dr. Pougatsch is a Surgical Limb Salvage Fellow at the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif. and a Clinical Instructor at the College of Podiatric Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.

   Dr. Belczyk is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and is board qualified in both foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a consultant physician at the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif. He is the Fellowship Director of the Surgical Limb Salvage Fellowship at Valley Presbyterian and Clinical Assistant Professor Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the College of Podiatric Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.

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