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The principles and practicalities of offloading diabetic foot ulcers

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The principles and practicalities of offloading diabetic foot ulcers

18 November 2016

<p>n<div>‘Offloading’ in diabetic foot management is a term generally understood </div>n<div>as relieving pressure from an ulcerated area. In truth, this term should more correctly be used to describe the reduction, redistribution or removal of detrimental forces applied to the foot. These forces may be a major contribut-ing factor to ulcer occurrence, relapse, chronicity or deterioration. This article gives an overview of the types of force applied to the feet, the principles and types of offloading used in the management of diabetic foot ulceration and heel sores. The topic of offloading in ulcer prevention and relapse will not be covered, as it requires a dedicated article.</div>n</p>

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