28 Nov Treating Diabetic Foot Ulcers Evolves Through Research
According to research; several groups have been developing new techniques in treating diabetic foot ulcers. One such example is negative-pressure wound therapy; which can remove liquid and necrotic tissue through a vacuum. Another is oxygen therapy; which can enhance cell division and fibrous tissue. In more extreme cases that could spell amputation, vascular and microsurgery are considered viable. Stem cell therapy also shows great promise though still in its infancy stage. The three major components of wound therapy are oxygen, antibiotics and moisture. Ulcers are caused by breaches in the skin that do not heal, with breaches usually caused as a result of injury, sensory loss, poor circulation and/or skin infection.
Your feet are an important part of your body. If you believe you are suffering from a systemic disease, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM of Houston Foot and Ankle. Dr. Stran can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.
Systemic Diseases of the Foot
Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.
Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.
Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.
Diabetes of the Feet
- Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.
- Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.
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