Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Statin use is linked to fewer foot infections in new study

Statin use is linked to fewer foot infections in new study

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Prior therapy with atorvastatin considerably reduces the onset of diabetic foot infections and may be useful in preventing them, according to Iranian researchers.

Total contact casting reduces foot amputations, study finds

Total contact casting reduces foot amputations, study finds

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Those who are treating diabetic foot ulcers should evaluate modern total contact casting techniques, according to a new analysis.

Foot ulcers double the cost of diabetes care, study finds

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Eliminating foot ulcers would cut costs for diabetes care in half, according to researchers with consulting firm The Analysis Group.

Foot ulcer healing rate jumps 50% in first-ever trial to show successful drug treatment of diabetic wounds

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A new drug nearly doubled the diabetic foot-ulcer healing rate in a recent clinical trial, which researchers are touting as a potential breakthrough in wound care.

Studies take aim at diabetic foot ulcers

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Nursing home residents with diabetic foot ulcers face a heightened risk for additional problems, including foot amputations. Researchers at the University of Arizona Medical Center are recruiting patients for two studies that could reduce such risks.

Rising foot temperature can precede wound development

Rising foot temperature can precede wound development

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Does increased skin temperature indicate a foot ulcer may occur? The answer appears to be yes, a new study has found.

New CMS policies will lead to 'big change' in wound care practices, analyst says

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New Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement practices within the next year will significantly change preferred treatment methods for wounds that are common in long-term care settings, according to a new market analysis.

FDA clears the air on health benefits linked to chambers

FDA clears the air on health benefits linked to chambers

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Hyperbaric oxygen chambers can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, and the government is fine with that. But regulators are becoming increasingly concerned about other benefits that are being ascribed to these devices.

Study finds that frequent debridement speeds healing

Study finds that frequent debridement speeds healing

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It may be a stretch to say that a clean wound is a happy wound. But a new study finds that debridement appears to at least speed up the healing process.

Care improvements reduce amputations

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Advances in diabetic foot ulcer treatments are helping reduce lower-extremity amputations, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation studied a decade's worth of Medicare claims to gain insights on amputation rates and diabetic foot ulcer treatments.

Frequent debridement encourages rapid wound healing, researchers find

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Debridement appears to dramatically speed up the wound healing process, according to recently published research. On average, wounds were cleaned twice through debridement, which is the removal of necrotic tissue and other foreign substances. Wounds that were debrided more frequently generally healed faster, and much faster in the cases of certain types of wounds, the researchers discovered.

Efforts to prevent, care for diabetic foot ulcers cut amputation rate in half, study finds

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Better ulcer care contributed to a nearly 50% decrease in diabetes-related leg amputations between 2000-2010, according to a study in the current issue of Foot & Ankle International.

Plasma protein injections help chronic wounds heal

Plasma protein injections help chronic wounds heal

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Chronic diabetic wounds can completely heal if they are injected with a plasma protein called plasminogen, according to new research from Umea University in Sweden.

Oxygen chambers don't help wounds in LTC setting: study

Oxygen chambers don't help wounds in LTC setting: study

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Long-term care providers might want to think twice about including oxygen exposure in the treatment regimen for residents with diabetic foot ulcers. Oxygen treatment does not improve wound healing and may actually be harmful, according to new findings by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Better days coming for wound care?

A recent breakthrough could lead to more effective treatments for tenacious wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, according to a report in the journal Nature Chemistry. Researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles have discovered a way to stabilize one of the body's naturally occurring wound-healing agents, basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF).

Researchers pave way for new wound treatment

A recent breakthrough could lead to more effective treatments for tenacious wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, according to a report in the journal Nature Chemistry.

Oxygen exposure does not promote healing for diabetic foot ulcers, researchers discover

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Researchers found oxygen treatment for diabetic patients may actually hurt the wound healing process, a finding at odds with long-standing beliefs about the benefits of the treatment.

Diabetes-related lower limb amputations are declining, study finds

The rate of foot and leg amputations in diabetics over the age of 40 fell 65% between 1996 and 2008, according to a recent report.