A new gel has been developed to treat peripheral artery disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, peripheral artery disease develops when blood vessels slowly narrow and cut off circulation to limbs, especially the legs. The Mayo Clinic added that PAD, as it’s most often called, has a number of accompanying side effects, including numbness and weakness, skin discoloration, delayed growth of hair and nails, and painful cramping. In its advanced stages, PAD can lead to critical limb ischemia. Nonprofit organization Vascular Cures explained that CLI often leads to ulcers, gangrene, and in some cases, amputation. In fact, a 2010 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that CLI patients have a first-year amputation rate of approximately 30 percent. That’s an estimated 230,000 amputations in North America and Europe each year.
Doctor-prescribed advanced wound care dressings are vital to the healing of chronic leg ulcers.
For patients coping with vein disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and other diseases that compromise the circulatory system, leg ulcers represent a potentially serious risk that could lead to health complications. According to American Family Physician, venous ulcers are the most common type of lower extremity ulcerations and affect 1% of adults living in the U.S. Venous ulcers are often chronic wounds, known for recurring and persisting for weeks or even years without proper treatment. The best place to start the wound healing process for chronic leg ulcers is with a doctor’s prescription for advanced wound care products.
Your podiatry supplies should include multiple dressings prescribed by your doctor.
Foot and lower leg wounds require specialized wound care, particularly in patients who are at high risk for complications. People with diabetes, peripheral artery disease, or anyone susceptible to blood clotting need different types of podiatry supplies to treat lower extremity wounds. From moisture control bandages to compression stockings, using the right podiatry supplies is essential for wound care treatment success.
New dressing types are being developed all the time to aid wound care regimens.
Thanks to a bevy of recent technological advancements, researchers can make wound dressings, ointments and other products from many non-traditional ingredients and components. For instance, collagen dressings are made from pig and horse tissue, while alginate is derived from seaweed. Yet research continues upward and onward, and with it comes a slew of exciting new innovations.
A new kind of biofoam pad could help trauma patients recover faster.
Pads are an integral part of any wound care regimen. Some pads deal with exudate and regulate moisture levels. Meanwhile, pads treated with silver can greatly improve healing rates. Now, a new kind of pad could help further innovate the wound healing industry.