• Mal perforans is a chronic foot ulcer commonly found in diabetics with neuropathy. Although it will often respond to conservative measures, recurrence is frequent and brings with it the risk of spreading infection and serious destruction of tissues. Surgical treatment of seven patients, based on excision of the distal metatarsal bone (five patients), or excision of the distal metatarsal and amputation of the first toe (two patients), gave satisfactory results and is indicated to achieve long-term healing. A special shoe, designed to remove pressure from the healing areas as well as from potential new pressure points, was used in the last four patients.
(Arch Surg 111:964-968, 1976)