Special Issue "The Diabetic Foot: Recent Advances and Future Developments"

A special issue of Medicina (ISSN 1010-660X). This special issue belongs to the section "Endocrinology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Loretta Vileikyte
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Diabetes Research Institute, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA
Interests: diabetic foot ulceration; neuropathic diabetic foot; diabetes care

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Of all the diabetes complications that occur, foot ulceration is among the most debilitating and costly, with morbidity and mortality rates being worse than for many cancers. Nonetheless, research into diabetic foot ulcer prevention and management is making great strides.

Therefore, the editorial decision of Medicina to dedicate this Special Issue to the topic of diabetic foot complications could not be better timed or more fitting.

In this issue, we will discuss how innovative approaches and smart technologies may optimize the management and prevention of foot ulceration by identifying high-risk patients for timely interventions, personalizing foot ulcer offloading, and improving adherence to protective footwear. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a paradigm shift in the delivery of care for those with diabetic foot ulcers. This has produced many challenges but also opportunities for the delivery of foot care. Thanks to advances in smartphones, mobile applications, smart wearables, and telemedicine, the “hospital- at-home” care delivery model has started to replace the traditional “face-to-face” clinical care approach.

In addition to advances in established treatment modalities, such as the management of infections and osteomyelitis, there has been a renaissance of local treatments including topical oxygen therapies. Furthermore, psychological stress and, in particular, depression have gained recognition as important determinants of foot ulcer development and impaired healing, while growing insights into the biomechanics of the diabetic foot have resulted in more effective foot ulcer prevention and treatment.

These are some of the many scientific developments in the field of the diabetic foot. We therefore encourage original publications that would further advance our medical knowledge of this all too common and devastating complication of diabetes.

Dr. Loretta Vileikyte
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • diabetic foot ulceration
  • smart technologies
  • telemedicine
  • infection
  • topical treatments
  • psychological stress
  • biomechanics
  • ulcer offloading

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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