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Cardiology

Angiology: Open Access

Author(s): Sumpio BE

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The role of the primary care physician in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of pedal wounds is critical (Table 2). Patient education is essential for the reduction of risk factors and for the early recognition of foot complications. Careful assessment of vascular disease (leading to bypass surgery when indicated), evaluation and management of biomechanical abnormalities, and aggressive treatment of any infections are also required. Optimal management can reduce the number of major amputations, prevent infection, decrease the probability of ulceration, maintain skin integrity, and improve function. The multidisciplinary approach will provide a comprehensive treatment protocol that will increase the long-term viability of the foot.

This article was published in N Engl J Med and referenced in Angiology: Open Access

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