Use of pressure offloading devices in diabetic foot ulcers do we practice what we preach?

Stephanie C. Wu, Jeffrey L. Jensen, Anna K. Weber, Daniel E. Robinson, David G. Armstrong

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OBJECTIVE - Pressure mitigation is crucial for the healing of plantar diabetic foot ulcers. We therefore discuss characteristics and considerations associated with the use of offloading devices. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS - A diabetic foot ulcer management survey was sent to foot clinics in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2005. A total of 901 geographically diverse centers responded. The survey recorded information regarding usage frequency and characteristics of assessment and treatment of diabetic foot ulcers in each center. RESULTS - Of the 895 respondents who treat diabetic foot ulcers, shoe modifications (41.2%, P < 0.03) were the most common form of pressure mitigation, whereas total contact casts were used by only 1.7% of the centers. CONCLUSIONS - This study reports the usage and characteristics of offloading devices in the care of diabetic foot ulcers in a broadly distributed geographic sample. Less than 2% of specialists use what has been termed the "gold standard"(total contact cast) for treating the majority of diabetic foot ulcers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2118-2119
Number of pages2
JournalDiabetes care
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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