Advanced Treatments Help Hard-to-Heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers—and Improve Lives

Breakthrough treatments making the difference

PR Newswire: SAN ANTONIO, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Advanced therapies for foot wounds are saving limbs, restoring mobility, and improving the lives of many people with diabetes who suffer from non-healing foot ulcers.

“For many Americans who have diabetes, impaired healing of foot wounds can be a tremendous problem, making these advanced treatments extremely important,” says Peter Blume, DPM, FACFAS, assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Blume is discussing this topic at the Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Foot ulcers develop in about 15 percent of the 25 million Americans who have diabetes. These ulcers can lead to serious complications such as infection and amputation, and can also decrease the patient’s quality of life.

Diabetic foot ulcers are costly, too. About 20 percent of the estimated $174 million spent annually on diabetes treatment in the U.S. deals with lower extremity care. In fact, non-healing ulcers and infection in the lower extremities are the top reasons for hospitalization among people with diabetes.

Today’s advanced treatment of diabetic foot ulcers include innovative technologies that stimulate healing. These breakthroughs are critical in diabetic foot care because poor circulation, nerve damage and impaired immune responses—problems that people with diabetes are at higher risk of having—make it difficult for a patient’s foot ulcer to heal. Read More