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Drug May Help With Diabetes-Related Foot Ulcers

In a study published by The Journal of Clinical Endorinology & Metabolism, researchers assigned diabetic patients who struggled with ulcers polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN), a tissue repair drug, for 3 days a week for 8 weeks.  Of the 216 participants, 37.7 percent of the group that was administered the drug achieved complete wound healing after 2 months.

“This approach could revolutionize the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers — a main cause of hospital admissions in the developed world,” Francesco Squadrito, MD, of the University of Messina in Gazzi Messina, Italy said. “Foot ulcers are a dangerous and expensive complication for people with diabetes, and current treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy are costly and can have side effects.”

Diabetes can take a toll on its victims, especially in the lower extremity. If you or a loved one is diabetic, come and see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care, who is here to help. Dr. Tedesco can examine your feet and treat any symptoms you may be experiencing

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.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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