RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS, ORTHOTICS, QUALITY OF LIFE, AND AMPUTATION RATES
Date of Award
Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics
Diabetes mellitus is a growing epidemic in the United States, and the secondary complications that accompany the disease only increase the growing threat. Diabetic foot ulcers are a common occurrence for this population. Various types of orthotic intervention exist to help these patients and prevent further ulceration. Although a common treatment, little research exists that provides statistical data to back up these treatments for preventing future ulceration and even amputation. This study aims to follow 200 patients over a 5-year period in order to gain insight on how custom and prefabricated inserts, both a common application, affect the ulceration and amputation rate long-term.