Doctors have created a treatment for foot ulcers using sea salt taken from coral reefs.
In America especially, diabetic foot ulcers have become problematic in recent years. In fact, 20 percent of all diabetic individuals will develop these wounds, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Perhaps that’s why there has been a number of exciting new developments in how these ulcers are treated.
A team from China is using stem cells derived from skin appendages to improve wound healing for ulcers. Similarly, a research collective from Texas is utilizing cord cells for the same purpose. Meanwhile, a group from Northwestern University is using a mix of proteins and various cells to create regenerative bandages.
A common thread among these projects is that they rely on groundbreaking technologies. However, a group of scientists from the Wound Institute of Beverly Hills is relying on a much more elemental solution to treat diabetic foot ulcers.
The solution involves a special biomaterial that increases skin cell movement on chronic wounds.
Within the human body, there are several crucial cell types that aid in the wound healing process. In recent years, there have been several studies aimed at understanding a fundamental aspect of these cells: how they move. With more thorough knowledge of this basic function, scientists can create more effective wound care regimens.
In spring 2015, a team from Germany found that a special protein they named Merlin aids in the migration of epithelial cells. Then, in October 2016, another research collective from Shanghai noted that receptor molecules allow the immune cells known as neutrophils to travel to wounds sites and fend off invading microorganisms.
Now, a group from the University of Toronto’s engineering department has developed an exciting new way to help skin cells move faster, and that could be a huge breakthrough for diabetics everywhere.
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.
A new hydrogel is leading to more efficient diabetic wound care and healing.
Diabetic wound care has always been especially complicated. For one, these patients routinely experience slow wound healing. In fact, a report in Healthy Cells magazine from July 2015 noted that diabetic patients are 15% more likely to develop these chronic wounds. As a result of all this, diabetic patients require a special level of wound care, one that emphasizes elements like proper hygiene and watching out for lower limb ulcers. But now these wound healing regimens could soon have a handy new tool to give diabetic patients a more effective form of treatment.
People with diabetes must take special care of their feet to avoid injury.
Each year, thousands of Americans are forced to deal with the effects of diabetic foot ulcers. These injuries not only impact your personal health and mobility, but they’re costly to treat as well. In fact, a March 2014 reported in the journal Diabetes Care found that treatments for these ulcers cost the U.S. upwards of $13 billion per year.
Fortunately, there are many ways to avoid these costly treatment regimens: By taking care of your feet, you can sometimes prevent ulcers from developing in the first place. Below are four handy tips for ensuring the healthiest feet possible: