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1. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of removable cast walker compared to non-removable fiberglass off-bearing cast in the treatment of diabetic plantar foot ulcer
2. Research design and methods: Forty-five adult diabetic patients with non-ischemic, non-infected neuropathic plantar ulcer were randomized to treatment with a non-removable fiberglass off-bearing cast (TCC group) or walker cast (Stabil-D group). Treatment duration was 90 days. Percent reduction in ulcer surface area and total healing rates were evaluated after treatment.
Two centers specializing in diabetic foot management (located in Sesto S. Giovanni and Milan, Italy) participated to this open, randomized clinical trial. The ethics-committee approved the study on January 10th, 2008. Enrollment of consecutive patients began February 2008 and ended March 2009. Eligible patients were fully informed of the study aim and procedures and written consent was obtained prior to study participation. Patients were then randomly assigned to one of the two treatment groups by opening randomization codebreak envelopes containing one of the two options. Separate randomization was performed for each center, and a copy of all randomization envelopes was kept at the statistical department of the Multimedica center. The two arms were composed of patients managed with non-removable fiberglass off-bearing cast (TCC group) and patients offloaded with the Stabil-D® (Podartis srl, Montebelluna, Treviso, Italy) walker cast (Stabil-D group).
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
non-removable fiberglass, Stabil-D®
Diabetic Foot Center - IRCCS Multimedica
Sesto San Giovanni
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:18:16-0400
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