The treatment of diabetic foot ulcerations has been a difficult task for podiatrists. Numerous methods and materials have been used in an attempt to alleviate this frustrating and complex treatment dilemma. However, there is one treatment method that has been used successfully for decades on plantar ulcerations of the neuropathic foot. Total contact casting has been an easily applicable and effective treatment modality for neuropathic ulcerations of the diabetic foot.
Surgery involving diabetic patients requires special consideration of the possible effects of anesthesia. The authors discuss factors that affect the choice of anesthetic agent and recommendations for preparing the diabetic patient for surgery, along with potential complications.
A case study of a high-voltage injury was presented. The short period that the patient was in contact with the electrical source prevented further systemic injury and may have saved her life. The patient's present neuritis is indicative of long-term sequelae of electrocution injury, in which ischemic necrosis of the surrounding nerves can occur near or at the site of the exit wound.