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Connecting The Dots Between Diabetic Foot Ulcers, PAD And Dangerous Complications

Desmond Bell, DPM, CWS, FACCWS | 13,097 reads | 0 comments | 12/21/2011

Pink ribbon. The juxtaposition of these two words translates into arguably the most recognized symbol anywhere, the looping image firmly embedded in our collective psyche and associated with breast cancer awareness. These words also conjure up a range of thoughts, emotions and an awareness of breast cancer that has transformed this terrible disease into a cause that extends beyond medical research. It is safe to say that minus the ribbon, the color pink alone has come to symbolize breast cancer awareness.

A Closer Look At The Plantar Fat Pad In People With Diabetes

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD | 4,757 reads | 0 comments | 12/21/2009

At the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), we have been fascinated with a recent paper by our colleagues Hsu and co-workers from the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and National Taiwan University Hospital.

These authors suggest that the plantar fat pad -- that specialized fat that exists on the sole of every one of us -- may undergo changes in people with diabetes. To make a long story short, fewer small “microchambers” of fat make it less cushy and more susceptible to ulceration.

Are Acellular Dermal Matrices Effective For Grade 0 Ulcers And Fat Pad Augmentation?

Jodi Schoenhaus Gold, DPM, FACFAS | 17,400 reads | 0 comments | 10/26/2012

Fat pad augmentation or the use of grafting in the ball of the foot and the heel has gained popularity over the past decade. The goal is simply to add cushioning or padding to areas that demonstrate a loss or displacement of natural fat due to an increased peak pressure.

Rising Incidence Of PAD Should Spur Greater Diagnostic Vigilance And Multidisciplinary Cooperation

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD | 3,961 reads | 0 comments | 10/26/2010

Evidence continues to mount that the incidence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a devastating complication of diabetes. In the United States, PAD afflicts 2 million to 3.7 million people with diabetic foot ulcers (DFU), according to an analysis published by the Sage Group.1 The group adds that approximately 1 million patients with DFUs suffer from critical limb ischemia.

Case Study: Healing A Chronic Wound In A Patient With Charcot Foot And PAD

Stephanie C. Wu, DPM, MSc | 20,203 reads | 1 comments | 03/24/2011

This author provides an intriguing case study detailing the diagnostic workup and treatment of a chronic wound complicated by Charcot foot and peripheral arterial disease (PAD).