Challenges Associated with Saving the Infected Diabetic Foot

Infection is a devastating complication of foot ulcers in patients with diabetes, and may become limb- or life-threatening. Peripheral arterial disease, neuropathy, immunopathy, and the singular anatomy of the foot predispose a patient to infections that can then spread throughout the foot. Both diagnosis and treatment are difficult and should be based on a stepwise approach. The initial evaluation of this type of infection and a diagnosis of its severity are key components in deciding the best management approach to salvage the limb. Surgery is one of the main tenets of this approach, and the surgeon who treats these challenging patients should have significant experience and a thorough knowledge of the anatomy of the foot and the consequences of foot surgery. Metabolic control, antibiotics, wound care, and adjuvant therapies are other important tenets of the management approach needed to salvage the patient’s limb.

This key session will be part of the Diabetic Foot stream.


The session took place on Thursday 15 May from 16.55-17.55 in room N101/N102.