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Examining PDRN: Tissue Repair Drug Helps Heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers

For most people, fungi and bacteria are an inconvenience warranting a trip to the doctor’s and a course of antibiotics or antifungal medication. However, people with diabetes literally risk life and limb by not treating these pathogens immediately, at the first sign of infection. Diabetic foot ulcers are lesions that do not heal in a timely fashion. When sores do not heal, microbial colonies flourish and spread among the surrounding tissues, causing cell death and gangrene that may warrant amputation. These sores also become an open portal to the body to pick up deadly infections, like staph and MRSA.

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Diabetic foot ulcers are no joke. They can result in amputation of toes, portions of the foot, or entire limbs.

We created a device called the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to kill off dangerous pathogens living inside the footwear of diabetics. Limiting the amount of microbes you come into contact with is an important facet of treatment. People who already have diabetic foot ulcers will need to aggressively treat the infection under the care of a doctor. Recently, researchers found that a certain tissue repair drug makes patients with ulcers twice as likely to heal within eight weeks when compared to a placebo.

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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.

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Diabetic foot ulcers cost U.S. hospitals $43,000 per patient.
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Stranger than Fiction: A Real Life Lesson on the Warning Signs of Diabetes

The story sounds like it would be found in a joke newspaper like the National Enquirer… but, in some cases, reality truly is stranger than fiction. ABC News reports that 48-year-old diabetic Jerry Douthett of Rockford, Michigan, woke up without his big toe. It turns out, his Jack Russell Terrier “Kiko” bit the infected toe off as the man slept! This incredulous story underscores the importance of taking care of your feet with daily foot inspections and products like the SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer, so you can detect a diabetic foot infection early — before your dog does!

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A Jack Russell Terrier like this one bit his owner’s infected toe off and saved his life!
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Diabetes Feet Care: Reducing Pressure Key in Helping Wounds Heal

Amputation from a non-healing ulcer is any diabetic patient’s worst fear. There are many reasons why people with diabetes develop chronic wounds that never seem to heal. Part of the problem is their diminished circulation. Another key problem is the amount of pressure placed on foot wounds in particular. In this article, we’ll give you a few tips for taking the pressure off diabetes feet so small injuries heal in a timely manner.

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There are many methods for offloading a diabetic foot wound, but they are not always pretty.
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Onychomycosis Remedy Awareness: Some People Are Not Ideal Candidates for Laser Toenail Treatment

When you have unsightly toenail fungus, you might want to nip the problem in the bud immediately and seek out powerful treatment methods. Lasers represent the latest technological advancement in the treatment of toenail fungus. Laser toenail treatment manufacturers like Pinpointe, Cutera, Q-Clear, Noveon, and Aerolase promise to eliminate nail fungus without requiring a lengthy course of treatment or a lot of patient compliance. All you do is show up to the laser clinic, submit to a 30-minute treatment, and take a few precautions at home to prevent recurrence. In that way, lasers are much more preferable to oral and topical treatments that must be administered daily for months on end. However, not every patient will be able to receive laser treatment for fungal nails.

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Noveon is one manufacturer of FDA-approved foot lasers.
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Diabetic Foot Care Toolbox: 10 Helpful Accessories to Prevent Complications

“The truly scary thing about diabetic neuropathy is a 10-letter word we usually associate with horrific accidents or Civil War battlefields—amputation,” writes Patrick J. Skerett for the Harvard Health Blog. He explains that seemingly innocuous blisters, cuts, or sores can become infected wounds that do not heal. To prevent serious foot complications, diabetics can use the following 10 diabetic foot care accessories to make life easier.

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Foot problems are one of the many potential complications diabetics face.
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Smart New Tools Improve the Outcome for Those with Diabetic Foot

Writing for Nursing In Practice magazine, Margaret Stubbs shares her experience with two diabetic patients who recently endured amputation surgeries. “One joined the practice having already had four toes on his right foot amputated, and a subsequent postoperative infection,” she writes. The other patient recently had two toes amputated. “It somehow can feel as though we have failed,” she says.

But how can nursing staff prevent diabetic foot amputations and improve outcomes, she wonders? Compliance and vigilance at home are two big issues. We find that, if given easy-to-use tools — such as the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer and smartphone monitoring apps — diabetics can greatly reduce the likelihood that they’ll encounter complications requiring major surgery.

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A UV shoe sanitizer protects the feet from bacteria colonies.
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Sifting Through the Types of Diabetic Foot Wound Dressings

Podiatrists, surgeons and foot care experts have a hard time agreeing upon which type of diabetic foot wound dressing works best to alleviate symptoms, protect the wound, and prompt healing. It seems there are pros and cons to every type of dressing. No matter which type is selected, it will need to be regularly changed and inspected.

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No matter what type of dressing is used to treat a diabetic foot wound, it should be checked and changed regularly.
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Health care professionals will generally consider several different factors when deciding which type of dressing to apply:

– Amount of fluid and odor coming from the infection

– Comfort and ability to alleviate pain

– Ability to aid in healing

– Bulkiness and room it takes up in the shoe

– Ability to withstand shearing forces of the shoe

Despite knowing the ideal qualities of a good diabetic foot wound dressing, there is little research-based evidence to support one type of bandage over another. At any rate, we’ll let you know what’s out there for your consideration.

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