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.
New research sheds light on the complex connections between diabetes and chronic wounds.
For millions of people with diabetes worldwide, chronic wounds are a constant concern. According to WoundCareCenters.org, there are several ways diabetes affects wound healing. These include increasing a person’s risk for infection, affecting the health of blood vessels, and causing a loss of sensation that makes self-injury more likely.
One of the root causes for these issues is a diabetic person’s delayed insulin metabolism. As Diabetes U.K. explained, this impeded metabolism impacts much of the body’s wound -healing systems, affecting everything from skin cells to how blood travels. Yet despite the influence of this insulin metabolism, experts still don’t understand the system fully. A new study is shedding light on the connection between diabetes and wound healing.
These foot care tips for diabetics will help you be ready for your next adventure.
Seasonal changes bring potential medical problems for diabetics that can impact skin health and blood circulation. During winter, for example, foot care for diabetics should involve moisturizing your feet and lower legs daily with petroleum jelly or another appropriate skin lotion to prevent your skin from becoming dehydrated. When a diabetic’s skin becomes dehydrated, splitting and cracking of skin could expose underlying dermal layers containing capillaries. Broken capillaries allow easy entry for infection-causing bacteria, which can develop into hard-to-heal wounds. The following tips offer insight on improved foot care for diabetics that will help you be prepared to actively participate in outdoor activities no matter what the season.
Diabetics must take special care of their feet to avoid ulcers.
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetic patients contend with a number of complications, including skin infections, glaucoma and, in some cases, kidney damage. Diabetic foot ulcers are especially common, affecting about 15 percent of all patients, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Despite those figures, these specific ulcers are easy to manage. All it takes is the right understanding and a few specialized forms of treatment.
Proper foot care is of the utmost importance for diabetic patients.
Diabetic patients face a number of painful side effects. The more common ailment is foot ulcers, in which skin in and around the toes begins to crack and tear, leading to pain and the risk of infection. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, somewhere between 14 percent and 24 percent of all diabetic patients will develop foot ulcers. Not only that, but as the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Effective Health Care Program pointed out, foot ulcers can double the costs usually associated with diabetes management.