Nonsurgical strategies for healing and preventing recurrence of diabetic foot ulcers

Foot Ankle Clin. 2006 Dec;11(4):735-43. doi: 10.1016/j.fcl.2006.06.004.


We have outlined an approach to the nonsurgical treatment of diabetic foot ulcers based on an understanding of their etiology. We have emphasized the importance of off-loading as the crucial element to success in healing foot ulcers and preventing their recurrence in those with diabetes. Computerized design of custom insoles can allow the unloading of elevated plantar pressure while incorporating the shape of the foot, which was formerly the major criterion used insole design.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Diabetic Foot / physiopathology
  • Diabetic Foot / prevention & control*
  • Diabetic Foot / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Orthotic Devices
  • Recurrence
  • Shoes
  • Wound Healing*