A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows that the tissue repair drug polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN) could provide new advances for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. 216 diabetic test subjects who had ulcers were given PDRN or a placebo drug three days a week over an eight week period.
The results showed that 37.7 percent of the patients given PDRN had their foot ulcers fully healed, as compared to only 18.9 percent of the control group. “This approach could revolutionize the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers — a main cause of hospital admissions in the developed world,” said expert Dr. Francesco Squadrito of the University of Messina.
If left untreated, diabetes can cause permanent damage to the feet. If you have any questions, call podiatrist Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can assess the current health of your feet, check out any ulcers or wounds you have, and instruct you on how to take care of yourself.
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. It’s always best to let your doctor know of any concerns you have regarding your feet.
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