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Diabetic Foot Classifications: Review of Literature

Amit Kumar C Jain, Sunil Joshi.


Diabetic foot is one of the most serious complications of diabetes. As the global burden of diabetes is increasing, the incidence of diabetic foot is equally on a rise. However, diabetic foot has been often ignored by people and also the treating physicians leading to a rise in major amputations. Various classifications have been proposed over decades describing the diabetic foot and the clinicians are hardly aware of them especially in developing and underdeveloped countries where this disease is rampantly increasing. One of the main reason for this unawareness is the fact that this disease is often less discussed in the standard teaching curriculum. The other probable reason is that physicians show more interest in learning other classification like that in oncology compared to disease like diabetic foot which actually deserves more importance. Further, even the trainee doctors and nurses show less inclination to know about diabetic foot classification as their teachers don’t teach much about them. This unique review article serves to survey for the first time the various classifications proposed for the diabetic foot thereby helping the various treating physicians to update themselves in the diabetic foot.

Key words: Diabetic foot, Wagners, Kobes, Amit Jains, Classification

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