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New Technology Can Help Homeless Suffering With Foot Fungus

“The worst ongoing thing is the fungus that goes on with people’s feet. It eats away and destroys the toenails and just makes it very hard for people to walk,” said Reverend Bob Book, a Christian clergyman at the Church of the Common Ground. He and his wife, Holly, have set to work cleansing the feet of the homeless in Atlanta.

Each week, 35 people come through his clinic to receive a foot soak, apricot pumice scrub, nail trim, menthol ointment massage, air freshener for their shoes, a dry pair of socks, and even insoles.

This sort of charity is taking off at clinics across America in places like Orlando, Boston, and Nashville — and proponents say it’s about more than just preventing the spread of bacterial foot infections: it’s about self-esteem, too.

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America’s homeless suffer from a myriad of health issues — not least of which is foot fungus. Charities are stepping up to help out. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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Examining Diabetic Foot Facts: Exactly How Serious Is the Condition, and How to Cope?

We often hear that diabetics need to “inspect their feet everyday”… but is it really necessary? How many people with diabetes really suffer from complications like the loss of sensation in their feet, diabetic foot ulcers, gangrene, and life-threatening infections? Aren’t amputations a thing of the past, given the advances in modern science? The makers of a UV shoe sanitizing device have compiled a few pertinent statistics that illustrate just what a serious issue diabetic foot health is.

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Daily foot inspections should be part of a diabetic’s everyday life.
Image source: Flickr user Elvert Barnes

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Examining Diabetes Feet: Populations with Increased Risk and Helpful Prevention Measures

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, it is listed as an underlying cause or contributing factor on more than 230,000 death certificates. Complications like kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, neuropathy, and amputation are of grave concern.

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Diabetes complications make the disease the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

At Shoe Care Innovations, we are particularly concerned about diabetes feet and amputations. Did you know that the 5-year mortality rate of diabetics with lower limb amputations is nearly 50%? We hope to change that by introducing Americans to a new way of helping to prevent diabetic foot infections.

For a myriad of reasons, some populations in America are at greater risk for the development of diabetes than others. We’ll take a look at the statistics and discuss why these groups should consider investing in ultraviolet light shoe sanitization devices as part of their daily health care regimen.

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Awareness and Prevention: How Do Diabetic Foot Ulcers Lead to Amputations?

The Amputation Prevention Centers of America says that nearly 1 in 5 diabetic foot infections require some sort of amputation. “If ulcers can be prevented, up to 85% of amputations may also be prevented,” says Dr. Francesco Squadrito, MD, of the University of Messina, Italy. It’s clear that diabetic foot ulcers many times result in amputations, but why? Shouldn’t we have more options for diabetic foot ulcer treatment in 2014?

diagram showing typical locations of foot ulcers

Foot ulcers usually appear on the bottom of the feet, but may also affect the toes.

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Addressing Concerns for Diabetics: Skin Care Products for Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Shoe Care Innovations invented the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer as an easy way of ridding one’s footwear of bacteria and fungi that could otherwise thrive and multiply into enormous colonies and cause festering foot infections. Ultraviolet light is a safe, natural, and effective method of preventing pathogens from reproducing or doing the body any harm. For people with diabetes, it’s especially important to keep the feet as clean and sanitized as possible. Our microbe-fighting product is one step in preventing diabetic foot infections. Prevention of an ulcerous break in the skin is another important factor to consider, so we’ve compiled a list of pressure ulcer prevention products.

antimicrobial cleanser

HibiClens is a hospital-grade antimicrobial cleanser diabetics can use on their feet.

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When Foot Health is Not an Option: Ulcer Recurrence Is a Huge Problem for Diabetics

Of the 26 million Americans with diabetes, 65,700 patients receive lower limb amputations each year. Diabetes itself does not cause the need for amputation, so how does a person wind up in such a troubling position? The fact is, minor sores can turn into big problems for individuals with diabetes, especially when one’s footwear is covered in bacteria. A goal of Shoe Care Innovations is to provide diabetics with tools they can use at home to maintain a more sanitary environment and decrease exposure to harmful pathogens that could cause life-threatening foot infections.

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Diabetes is responsible for more than 60% of all non-traumatic lower limb amputations.
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Rising Incidence of Type 1 Diabetes Prompts Emphasis on Child Foot Care

Type 1 diabetes cases skyrocketed 21% from 2000 to 2009, according to a new study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ meeting in Vancouver, Canada, this month. Similarly, the rate of Type 2 diabetes associated with obesity jumped more than 30% during that time. Nationwide, there are nearly 167,000 children with Type 1 diabetes and over 20,000 with Type 2 diabetes. “Every new case means a lifetime burden of difficult and costly treatment and higher risk of early, serious complications,” said study author Dana Dabelea from the Colorado School of Public Health. Foot ulcers can be one of these complications, but not if you follow our child foot care advice.

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The incidence of Type I and II diabetes is increasing among children.
Image Source: ChildrenWithType1Diabetes.com

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Promising Treatment Method: Will Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Help to Heal Diabetic Foot Wounds?

A person recently wrote in to The Town Talk concerned about their 84-year-old diabetic father who has had a foot wound for five months. A podiatrist debrided the diabetic foot wound, prescribed antibiotics, and changed the bandages regularly, but the writer was wondering if hyperbaric treatment could help in this case. Many users of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer are diabetics who are also worried about foot health and hygiene, so the portent for hyperbaric oxygen treatment is something we’re very much interested in.

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an advanced treatment for chronic diabetic foot wounds.
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5 Tips to Manage Type II Diabetes Symptoms

Type II Diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when elevated levels of blood sugar persist. Most cases of Type II Diabetes are preventable with healthy diet and exercise habits, but factors like age, gender and genetics can also contribute to the development of the disease. Once you have Type II Diabetes, you are stuck with it, so understanding how to manage the symptoms through lifestyle modification is key.

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85% of Type 2 Diabetes cases and side effects can be prevented, delayed or treated.
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Innovation in Preventative Care: Can Smart Socks Detect Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

Ten to fifteen percent of diabetics will suffer a foot ulcer over the course of their lifetime. A wound that won’t heal may not sound like such a big deal, but the longer it takes for a wound to heal, the longer it is at risk of becoming infected. Worse yet, the risk of amputation correlates with an increase in mortality within the next five years! Researchers are scrambling to find new ways of helping diabetics prevent the complications associated with a foot ulcer through early detection. Our product — the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer — helps diabetics keep their footwear free from bacteria, viruses, and fungi, but we are also interested in the latest scientific development, such as ulcer-detecting socks.

diebetic foot ulcer costs

Diabetic foot ulcers cost U.S. hospitals $43,000 per patient.
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