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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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Embarrassing Foot Problems You May Not Want to Discuss with Your Doctor: Toenail Fungus

Annual wellness visits with a physician are meant to be a time to air all of one’s medical questions, cares, and concerns with a professional. However, many of us freeze up when we see the doctor’s smiling happy face — and, when posed with the question, “How are you?” we immediately launch into the scripted, “Fine” or “Good” response. We may be willing to discuss back pain or inflammation, but when it comes to feet, many people are squeamish. This blog is not designed to replace medical advice from your physician. However, you may feel more comfortable bringing up embarrassing foot problems once you’re more familiar with them. We will take a look at a few different conditions among several posts, with today’s focusing on toenail fungus.

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Toenail fungus is one condition people are embarrassed to discuss with their doctors.
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Cosmetic Treatment for Fungal Nails- Help Your Toes Appear Healthier for Summer

Toenail fungus is an ugly problem to have. A little bit of fungus may look similar to psoriasis or eczema on the nail. In its more advanced stages, onychomycosis thickens the nail, turns it from clear to yellow, and causes chalky crumbling along the edges. While the condition can be treated, any method you choose to rid yourself of the fungus is going to require a long time to improve the appearance of the nail. Even with laser toenail fungus removal, you still have to wait for the fungus nail to grow out and the healthy nail to come in. Waiting is much easier said than done, especially when summer rolls around, and you’re dying to swim, wear sandals, and get fresh air to your feet. There are, however, some cosmetic options for the aesthetic improvement of fungal nails.

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You may want to get those feet out by the pool this summer, but yellow fungal nails stand in the way. We list treatment options for you, although we believe prevention is the best cure.
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Effects of Onychomycosis: Toenail Fungus Is Long-Lasting & Psychologically Damaging

Toenail fungus will not kill you, but it sure can cause a lot of embarrassment and disruption to your daily life. One study found that the average duration for toenail fungus was 9.5 years! Granted, the study was done back in 1998, so there have been a few improvements made since then. For one, there are newer treatments, like laser toenail fungus removal. Secondly, you can use tools like the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to remove pathogens from your footwear to prevent nail fungus recurrence once you’ve been treated. Continue reading to find out what study respondents said about life with toenail fungus.

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Toenail fungus is as common as diabetes and depression.

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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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Market Analyst Warning- Don’t Fall for Anacor’s Toenail Fungus Drug Hype

Back in November, we wrote about Anacor’s new drug, Tavaborale. In an industry where treatments are marginally effective at best, Anacor promised slightly-better-than-mediocre results. If Penlac cured 0.5% of patients, then Tavaborale would cure 6% of patients. The problem with topical toenail fungus treatments is that they are unable to make it past the nail barrier to penetrate deep into the nail matrix. We have to wonder, though: are these treatments really good enough? Is it worth developing something that works on less than a tenth of the population? David Sobek, a market analyst over at The Street, says no.

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Though Anacor’s stock is rising, analysts say Tavaborale is a bust.
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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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Treating Onychomycosis: 5 Lasers that Treat Toenail Fungus

Laser toenail fungus removal is a rapidly growing area of onychomycosis treatment. Currently, if you have thick, yellow toenails, there aren’t a whole lot of ideal options out there. You could try an over-the-counter lacquer or a home remedy for toenail fungus…but these methods are often efforts in futility that only work for a very small fraction of the population. Furthermore, you have to apply these treatments each day for six to 12 months to see any effect at all. Or you could see your doctor and get a prescription for oral terbinafine…but there are risks to the liver, so you will have to attend appointments for frequent monitoring over the course of three months.

With few other options, it’s much more desirable to come in for one or two laser treatments (which boast impressive cure rates) and be done with the icky fungus once and for all. There are many different lasers from which to choose. We’ll examine a few things about each type of laser treatment, but they all work in much the same way and lack any negative side effects. If you decide to give a foot laser a shot, be sure to invest in the SteriShoe ultraviolet shoe sanitizer to kill residual fungus in your footwear and avoid a recurrence.

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Laser toenail fungus removal is a rapidly growing market for quick, easy foot fungus relief.
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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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Nail Fungus Treatment: 4 Options to Try This Spring

If you’ve developed yellow toenails over the long winter, it could be more than just a cosmetic issue. Often, yellow nails are a sign of foot fungus! Other symptoms of toenail fungus include: thickening of the nail, crumbled edges, and sometimes pain. When left untreated, toenail fungus could lead to complications like cellulitis — particularly if you are a diabetic or have a compromised immune system. Unfortunately, toenail fungus is not an easy problem to treat. Adam Ullman, the founder of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer, has suffered with this problem and sheds some light on the different treatment options he’s explored.

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Have you let your feet go this winter? It may be time to tackle toenail fungus.
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