A new, portable approach could help millions of patients living with chronic wounds.
In late 2015, a team from the U.K.’s University of Sheffield launched a study with a simple premise: Could ultrasounds help heal chronic diabetic ulcers. Publishing their results in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, the scientists found that wounds in laboratory mice healed up to 30 percent faster. According to the study’s results, the ultrasound works by facilitating cellular movement, actually “waking up” those in your skin to begin the healing process.
Now, another similar project is being launched using ultrasound, and it may be ready to use in just a few years’ time.
If left untreated, diabetic foot ulcers can cause permanent damage that affects your mobility.
Approximately 15% of people with diabetes suffer from foot ulcers, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Knowing how to recognize diabetic foot ulcer symptoms is crucial, because untreated ulcers can lead to permanent disfigurement. APMA reports that diabetic wounds are the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States. However, proper wound care can help reduce the chances of surgical intervention, infection, and foot deformation. The following information will help you recognize wound symptoms and find an effective diabetic foot ulcer treatment.
Topical film could help heal chronic wounds like ulcers more efficiently.
By most estimates, including those from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 7 million Americans live with chronic wounds. Some of these wounds are more severe than others, and factors from a person’s genetics to their lifestyle choices (like diet and smoking) influence the wound healing outcomes.
Yet, as Medical News pointed out, most of these wound care regimens share one primary goal: to reduce the risk of scarring while improving overall healing rates. Doctors have all sorts of treatment options available to improve wound healing, from specialized drugs to unique dressing types, and more therapies are being developed all the time, including new skin grafts and electrical stimulation.
Now, doctors everywhere could come to rely on yet another groundbreaking treatment method.
There are many ways diabetics can reduce their risk of amputation.
Amputations occur for a number of different reasons, including trauma and as a result of long-term conditions like diabetes. The Amputee Coalition of America estimated, there are roughly 185,000 new lower limb amputations each year. Not only that, but many researchers believe the numbers will increase significantly by 2050, with an eventual amputee population of 3.6 million Americans. Fortunately, there are steps patients can take to prevent these limb removals, and often they involve effective wound care management.
A new technique could help treat foot ulcers more effectively.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, diabetic foot ulcers have several primary causes, including the loss of feeling and diminished circulation that accompany diabetes. No matter the cause, though, one thing is clear: these ulcers have become a common scourge for diabetic patients.
According to a 2011 report in the journal Data Points, approximately 10 to 15 percent of diabetics develop an ulcer at least once in their life. With estimates putting the worldwide diabetic population at 300 million people by 2025, there will be a need for increasingly effective treatments.
Fortunately, there is just such a groundbreaking new approach on the way.