Classification of diabetic foot wounds.

L. A. Lavery, D. G. Armstrong, L. B. Harkless

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Foot ulcers in persons with diabetes are one of the most common precursors to lower extremity amputation. Appropriate care of the diabetic foot ulceration requires a clear, descriptive classification system that may be used to direct appropriate therapy and possibly predict outcome. Ideally, this system would be used by all participants in a multidisciplinary limb salvage team. We describe a clinical classification system for diabetic foot wounds that evaluates wound depth, the presence of infection, and peripheral arterial occlusive disease in every category of the wound assessment. The goal of this system is to improve communication, leading to a less complex, more predictable treatment course, and, ultimately an improved result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-48, 50, 52-53
JournalOstomy/wound management
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Nursing(all)
  • Gastroenterology

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Lavery, L. A., Armstrong, D. G., & Harkless, L. B. (1997). Classification of diabetic foot wounds. Ostomy/wound management, 43(2), 44-48, 50, 52-53.