A study featured in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism focused on the effects of tissue repair drug polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN). As a treatment for diabetic foot ulcers, PDRN was given to patients for 3 days a week for 8 weeks. After two months, about 37.7 percent of the patients given the drug were able to have their wounds healed completely.
“This approach could revolutionize the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers — a main cause of hospital admissions in the developed world,” Italy’s University of Messina in Gazzi Messina’s Francesco Squadrito, MD said. “Foot ulcers are a dangerous and expensive complication for people with diabetes, and current treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy are costly and can have side effects.”
Diabetes can cause a great risk to the feet and lower legs if left untreated. If you are diabetic and need foot care, schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Neal Mozen of Foot Healthcare Associates. Dr. Mozen can address any symptoms you may be experiencing and check for any risk factors to your lower extremities.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
– Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
– Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
– Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.
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