Diabetic Foot Infections


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28 Feb 2026

Last Reviewed

1 Mar 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

There are approximately 29 million people with diabetes in the United States, and approximately 25% of people older than age of 65 have diabetes. The incidence of diabetes worldwide is projected to increase by 55% over the next 20 years, so this problem is only going to get worse. Approximately 75% of diabetic neuropathies is distal symmetric polyneuropathy (DSP). Once peripheral neuropathy develops the annual incidence of ulcer formation increases from less than one percent to greater than 7%. The three-year mortality for people with diabetes increases from 13% to 28% with an ulcer. This activity reviews the pathophysiology of diabetic foot infections and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in its management.

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This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of diabetic foot infections.
  • Recall the presentation of diabetic foot infections.
  • List the treatment and management options available for diabetic foot infections.
  • Explore interprofessional team strategies for improving care coordination and outcomes in patients with diabetic foot infections.


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This activity is reported to the following Maintenance of Certification (MOC) boards:
American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
American Board of Pathology
  • Endocrine
  • Infectious Diseases/Medical Microbiology
American Board of Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases

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