Treatment-based classification system for assessment and care of diabetic feet

J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 1996 Jul;86(7):311-6. doi: 10.7547/87507315-86-7-311.


Appropriate care of feet of patients with diabetes requires a clear, descriptive classification system that may be used to direct appropriate therapy and possibly predict outcome. Ideally, this system would be used by all participants in a multidisciplinary limb-salvage team. The authors report on a logical, treatment-oriented system that may improve communication, leading to a less complex, more predictable treatment course and, ultimately, an improved result.

MeSH terms

  • Diabetic Foot / physiopathology
  • Diabetic Foot / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk Factors
  • Severity of Illness Index*