The diabetic leg

Diabetologia. 1982 Mar;22(3):141-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00283741.


Many clinical problems arise as a result of tissue pathology in the diabetic leg. Neuropathic or vascular ischaemic syndromes are readily identified but on occasions differentiation of the two may be difficult. This survey reviews the aetiological background of neuropathy and ischaemia, examines the relationship of physiological blood flow abnormalities to both areas and comments on management of the clinical states encountered, including the common problem of the ulcerated diabetic foot.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetic Neuropathies / physiopathology*
  • Foot / blood supply
  • Foot / physiopathology
  • Foot Diseases / etiology
  • Foot Diseases / therapy
  • Humans
  • Ischemia / etiology
  • Leg / blood supply
  • Leg / physiopathology*
  • Regional Blood Flow
  • Skin Diseases / etiology
  • Skin Diseases / therapy