How to Know When Foot Ulcers Get Serious
According to TASC (Trans-Atlantic Inter-Society Consensus Document on Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease), more than 15% of diabetic patients will develop a foot ulcer during their lifetime, and 14% to 24% of those patients will require amputation. There are several grading systems used by medical professionals, such as podiatrists, to classify the stages or severity of diabetic foot ulcers. The University of Texas system is perhaps the most helpful in podiatry because it uses a dual method of classification that describes ulcers by the level of penetration (grades 0-3) and by the stage of infection (letters A through D) at each depth.
Grade 0 – skin is intact. Could describe foot before the ulcer or after it has healed.
Grade 1 – surface wounds through either the outer layer of skin or just below, but that do not penetrate to the tendon, capsule, or bone.
Grade 2 – ulcers penetrate to the tendon or capsule, but not to the bone and joints.
Grade 3 – wounds penetrate to bone or into a joint.
Each wound grade has a letter stage depending on the presence of infection and/or ischemia (lack of blood flow), so that each grade has the following infection stage.
nonischemic infected wounds (presence of infection but adequate blood flow)
ischemic wounds (inadequate blood flow resulting in soreness and swelling, usually without bleeding)
infected ischemic wounds.
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