Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are a common but highly morbid complication of long-standing diabetes, carrying high rates of associated major amputation and mortality. As the global incidence of diabetes has increased, along with the lifespan of the diabetic patient, the worldwide burden of DFUs has grown steadily. Outcomes in diabetes and DFUs are known to depend strongly on social determinants of health, with worse outcomes noted in minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. Effective treatment of DFUs is complex, requiring considerable expenditure of resources and significant cost to the health care system. Comprehensive care models with multidisciplinary teams have proven effective in the treatment of DFUs by decreasing barriers to care and increasing access to the multiple specialists required to provide timely and effective DFU procedural intervention, surveillance, and preventative care. Vascular surgeons are an integral part throughout the cycle of care for DFUs and should be involved early in the course of such patients to maximize their contributions to a multidisciplinary care model.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine