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.
It’s important to address the emotions that accompany most wound care regimens.
In-depth and effective wound care isn’t just about healing the flesh. There are also profound emotional aspects to the recovery process. Many injuries don’t just result in painful ulcers or open wounds; they change a person’s perspective on life and themselves. For instance, 22 percent of burn victims experience PTSD-like symptoms, according to a 2011 study from the Neuroscience Research Center. If you or your caregivers ignore the emotional trauma that accompanies many injuries or chronic wound scenarios, then you’re missing half the problem. Here are just a few things to keep in mind as you consider the importance of emotional recuperation:
A new gel therapy could help regrow blood vessels in diabetic patients with ischemia.
Ischemia is a painful and potentially debilitating condition caused by a reduction in blood flow. The condition itself can either be acute or chronic. Ischemia often occurs in the heart, which can result in heart attacks and peripheral artery disease. The American Heart Association said that PAD can lead to a loss of both mobility and sensation, most frequently in the arms and legs. The AHA also added that PAD is especially prevalent in people with diabetes, and can result in amputation if left untreated. More research is now being done to better combat peripheral ischemia as it relates to diabetic individuals.
Chronic ailments are the subject of many wound care myths.
Cathy MacLean has been a family physician in Canada for 20-plus years. In a 2010 editorial in the journal Canadian Family Physician, she explained that one of the most important parts of her job is patient education. She routinely asks patients just how much they know about a diagnosis or medical condition. While most patients are knowledgeable, she pointed to a patient who believed that hypertension was his “per-tension levels [were] too high” as proof of just how important patient education is.
If you’d like to do your part to avoid similar issues, read through the following guide on the myths and misnomers from the wound care industry: