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An integrated model for computer assisted diagnosis, treatment and design of insoles for the diabetic foot

Zequera, M. and Vega, F. and Solomonidis, S.E. and Garavito, L. and Acosta, G.G. (2001) An integrated model for computer assisted diagnosis, treatment and design of insoles for the diabetic foot. Orthopadie Technik, 1. p. 11. ISSN 0340-5591

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Abstract

The incidence of diabetes has increased significantly in recent decades. In Germany, there is an estimate of three million diabetics and this number is growing at a rate of about 2 percent per year. In the U.S.A., the American Diabetes Association estimates that thirteen million people suffer from this condition, representing 5.2 percent of the entire population and every year, some 35 thousand patients have a lower limb amputated. In Latin America, it has been reported that the prevalence of diabetes is of the order of 14 to 20 percent, according to a research conducted by the WHO's Ad Hoc Diabetes Reporting Group. In Colombia, a study by Ashner et al concludes that the prevalence is 7 percent in both sexes.