We save limbs because we offer efficient, coordinated care with a high level of expertise, and because we are aggressive in our goal of preserving a functional foot. A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound on the foot of a person with diabetes, most commonly located on the plantar surface, or bottom of the foot. The risk of foot ulceration and limb amputation increases with age and the duration of diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the U.
UCSF Foot & Ankle Service
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The UCSF Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Service is a comprehensive multidisciplinary program that specializes in the evaluation and management of disorders of the lower leg. A team of fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons work in a collaborative effort with podiatrists, physical therapists, certified prosthetists and pedorthists to effectively and efficiently manage both simple and complex problems of the foot and ankle. The service has the resources of microvascular and reconstructive plastic surgeons to help manage major trauma. Physiatrists physical medicine and rehabilitative physicians and the pain management team are also available to assist with chronic conditions.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency
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UCSF vascular surgeons have extensive experience with the latest minimally invasive approaches for treatment of venous disease including radiofrequency RF vein ablation, a technique in which a catheter delivers microwave radiation to seal veins that have reflux. Chronic venous insufficiency CVI describes a condition affecting the veins in the lower extremities legs with venous hypertension. This leads to pain, swelling, edema, skin changes, and ulcerations in the legs. Venous reflux occurs when venous valves don't function adequately, leading to reversal of blood flow through the valves during standing or sitting. Venous reflux most commonly occurs when vein valves weaken due to genetic influences or multiple pregnancies, among other factors.