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Foot ornaments — an increased risk of diabetic foot amputation in patients with diabetes

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Foot ornaments — an increased risk of diabetic foot amputation in patients with diabetes

20 May 2020

In this article, the author presents a case report of a lady who has lived with diabetes for 25 years. She presented with foot lesions that appeared nearly 3 weeks before the consultation, which had gradually increased in dimensions. She had worn foot ornaments for over 40 years. On clinical examination, the bilateral foot lesions were rather superficial, with mild regional cellulitis. The patient had bilateral peripheral sensory neuropathy; however, peripheral vascular disease was absent. The plain x-rays were normal, showing no signs of osteomyelitis or any other significant finding. Investigations and, thereafter, management were based on her metabolic issues and foot lesions. Eventually, the lesions healed. The patient was educated about the risk of re-ulceration. It was emphasized that she must avoid wearing foot ornaments and should practice good diabetic foot care.

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