The diabetic foot can be a major problem for patients. Foot ulcers can now be totally healed with non-amputation techniques.
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) are considered the most dreaded complication in people with diabetes. People with diabetes are at a high risk for developing a condition called diabetic neuropathy. This is an affliction of the nerves which leads to significant pain, burning sensation, numbness, weakness, inability to feel the ground properly and increased chances of developing wounds in the feet.
Risk factors for developing nerve damage with diabetes include age, duration of diabetes, cholesterol imbalance, uncontrolled diabetes, history of smoking and alcohol consumption. Long-standing high blood sugar can damage blood vessels, decreasing blood flow to the foot. This poor circulation can weaken the skin, contribute to the formation of ulcers and impair wound healing. Some bacteria and fungus thrive on high levels of sugar in the bloodstream and infections can break down the skin and complicate ulcers.
Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may include gradual onset of numbness and tingling in your feet or hands, sharp stabbing or burning pain, extreme sensitivity to touch, lack of coordination, falling and muscle weakness or paralysis.
Over time, the ability to sense pain may be lost, which greatly increases the risk of injury. As one loses the ability to sense pain or hot and cold, one’s risk of injuring their feet increases. Injuries that would normally cause pain (e.g., stepping on a thorn, wearing ill-fitting shoes, walking barefoot on a hot surface) may go unnoticed if you have neuropathy. One might not even know that he/she has a cut, so they might not treat it. Problems that aren’t treated right away can get much worse. One of the most serious complications of foot ulcers is the need for amputation of a toe, or sometimes, the foot itself.
In addition to the preventive aspects of diabetic foot ulcers treatment like control of blood sugar and foot care includes neurological and sensory examination and today, it is possible to prevent amputation in many cases due to innovative ways of contemporary treatment options.
Wound healing is a ‘make-up’ phenomenon for the portion of tissue that gets destroyed in any open or closed injury to the skin. Being a natural phenomenon, wound healing is usually taken care of by the body’s innate mechanism of action that works reliably most of the time. However, a little help in promoting healing would not hurt. Today, cell biologists over the world have found an option for non-healing ulcer treatment — New Age ‘Concentrated Growth Factor’. Doctors have treated hundreds of patients with DFU and Non-Healing ulcer with significant healing; thereby able to prevent drastic measures like amputation or other complications in a majority of cases.
One of the promising areas of recent therapeutic development involves topical application of growth factors to enhance the normal healing process. Growth factors released from platelets initiates wound repair. The growth factors released by platelets aid healing by attracting undifferentiated cells in the newly formed matrix and triggering cell division, promote new capillary growth and accelerate healing in chronic wounds and surgical incisions. The use of these growth factors represents a greater similarity to the natural healing process thereby leading to a near scar less wound surface recovery.
Growth factors in diabetic foot ulcer healing:
Released after platelet degranulation, the growth factors initiate and enhance physiological processes that contribute to tissue recovery and healing after injury.
- Venous and arterial leg ulcers
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
- Skin graft donor sites
- First and second degree thermal burns
- Superficial injuries, cuts, abrasions and surgical wounds
The advantages of the New Age ‘Concentrated Growth Factor’ technology include:
- Autologous material taken from the patient himself
- Potential to heal all non-healing ulcers
- Prevents amputation
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