Soft Tissue Reconstruction with Diabetic Foot Tissue Loss.


Department of Surgery, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, 8th at Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


Although substantial advances have been made in treatment of diabetic foot disease with respect to patient education, preventative measures, early intervention, and prophylactic procedures, most surgical interventions for this condition are reactionary. Patients still primarily present to emergency departments with acute infections and tissue necrosis. The surgical intervention for this results in soft tissue deficit, often with partial foot amputation, through excisional debridement of pathologic tissue. Minimizing this initial soft tissue loss, with subsequent reconstruction of the defect, forms the focus of this article with a detailed anatomic assessment of structures at risk in the forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot.


Excisional debridement,Fillet of toe,Gangrene,Infection,Partial foot amputation,Reconstructive elevator,Soft tissue reconstruction,Spaghetti,