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The vascular status was evaluated by pedal pulse palpation.
Four clinically defined parameters namely palpable pedal pulses, probing to bone, ulcer site, number of ulcers were assessed initially and Diabetic Ulcer Severity Score was calculated at the start of the study.
Abnormal pedal pulses Dorsal pedis and posterior tibial artery pulses either absent or 1 present and 1 weak.
True (A) or false (B)--fill in only block A or B: The patient will usually have bounding pedal pulses, although these may be difficult to locate because of oedema.
0 bruit (6) criteria ([double dagger]) Absent pedal pulses ABI<0.
Among patients with diabetic foot ulcers, another study (30) showed that whereas 96 of 120 patients with intact pedal pulses healed, only 127 of 223 with reduced or absent pulses did, yielding an odds ratio of 3.