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Improving Physical, Physiological, and Psychological Health Outcomes in Patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers – State of the Art

VAS, Prashanth and CHOCKALINGAM, Nachiappan (2023) Improving Physical, Physiological, and Psychological Health Outcomes in Patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers – State of the Art. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 16. pp. 3547-3560. ISSN 1178-7015

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Diabetic foot disease is a complex and challenging complication of diabetes mellitus, which imposes a significant burden of disease on patients, their carers, and the wider health systems. Recurrence rates are high, and current evidence indicates a high mortality associated with it. While management algorithms have primarily focused on the physical aspects of healing, there is increasing recognition of the critical role played by psychological and biomechanical factors in the development and resolution of diabetic foot disease. Therefore, in this paper, we aim to explore how diabetic foot outcomes can be improved by addressing not only the physical but also the psychological and biomechanical aspects that are integral to the development of this condition and its optimal resolution. We explore new technologies that allow for non-invasive objective assessment of the diabetic foot at risk, and we also explore the role of understanding biomechanics, which is essential to determining risk of foot disease, but also the potential for recurrence. In addition, we discuss the evidence linking depression and cognitive impairment to diabetic foot disease and offer our insight on the research direction required before implementing novel information into front-line clinics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: diabetic foot disease, diabetic foot ulceration, biomechanics, technology, mental health and cognition
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Nachiappan CHOCKALINGAM
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2024 16:16
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 04:30

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