Toward a change in syntax in diabetic foot care: Prevention equals remission

David G. Armstrong, Joseph L. Mills

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Because neuroischemic complications are associated with a high rate of recurrence, we propose a slight shift in the mechanism by which we counsel and communicate risk daily with our patients. If the epidemiology of this problem is comparable with that of cancer, and recurrences are common, then perhaps language commensurate with such risks should follow. After initial healing of an index wound, our unit now refers to patients not as being cured but rather as being "in remission." This concept is easy for the patient and the rest of the team to understand. We believe that it powerfully connotes the necessity for frequent follow-up and rapid intervention for inevitable minor and sometimes major complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-162
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Podiatry
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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