Research Article

Method of healing diabetic forefoot ulcers.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 286 doi: (Published 05 February 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;286:436
  1. J P Pollard,
  2. L P Le Quesne


    Six diabetic patients with neuropathic ulceration of the sole of the foot (seven feet, eight ulcers) were treated by the application of a below knee walking plaster with a rubber rocker. All the ulcers healed with this treatment, greatly reducing the usual period of hospital inpatient stay. After healing, study of the forces acting on the sole of the foot showed that these ulcers occur at the site of maximal horizontal shear force and confirmed that they occur at the site of maximal vertical force. This treatment is highly effective for neuropathic ulcers of the sole not affecting bone or complicated by deep sepsis. There may be a high rate of recurrence, however, reflecting inadequacy of methods of protecting damaged neuropathic feet.