Category Archives: Foot Ulcers

Study Shows Therapeutic Footwear Can Help Prevent Foot Ulcers

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is caused by reduced blood flow to the extremities. High blood glucose levels damage blood vessels and affect the blood flow. Those with type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk for foot ulcers and lower limb amputations. They also account for 60 percent of the limb amputations, according to the American … Continue reading Study Shows Therapeutic Footwear Can Help Prevent Foot Ulcers

New Monitoring Technique in Foot Ulcer Treatments

Monitoring skin temperature can help not only predict, but also prevent foot ulcers that form as a result of diabetic neuropathy, according to a new study. Published in the Journal of Food and Ankle Research, the study concludes that elevated skin temperature can serve as a predictor in the development of foot ulcers when comparing … Continue reading New Monitoring Technique in Foot Ulcer Treatments

Statins May Lower Amputation Risk in Diabetes

Some cholesterol-lowering drugs may help reduce the risk of amputation for those with diabetes, according to a new study. The study focused on more than 80,000 patients in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs health care system with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Over a five-year period, those patients were monitored for … Continue reading Statins May Lower Amputation Risk in Diabetes

Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes: How to Reduce Pressure on Your Feet

Good news for people with diabetes who worry about protecting themselves against the plantar pressure and risks of ulcerous foot injuries that come with diabetic neuropathy: A recent British study shows that ready-made insoles you can buy at the store perform almost as well as more expensive custom-made insoles at achieving those foot protection goals. … Continue reading Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes: How to Reduce Pressure on Your Feet

New Wound Healing Process Speeds Healing of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

A new technique using amniotic tissue harvested from a discarded placenta can heal wounds, burns and scars twice as fast as previous treatments. The tissue is extracted from the placenta, with the woman’s consent, during Caesarian sections and then sent to Georgia-based MiMedX, the company that processes the material so it can then be applied to the injured area … Continue reading New Wound Healing Process Speeds Healing of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

The World’s Tiniest Surgeons: Maggots Are All Over Foot Ulcers

In days of yore, along about the time when blood letting was considered a legitimate cure, maggots were a popular tool in thesurgeon’s black bag. In the Civil War, doctors employed busy maggots to clean rotten tissue from wounds that might otherwise haveled to amputation. Now the little buggers are back in vogue to treat … Continue reading The World’s Tiniest Surgeons: Maggots Are All Over Foot Ulcers