2015 Reflection: Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatments and Trends
January 7, 2016
By Michel H.E. Hermans, MD
At the beginning of a new year, many look back at the previous one in an attempt to analyze what happened, whether it was good or bad or perhaps even special.
6 Key Steps to Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Amputations
February 20, 2014
By Dr. Mark Hinkes, DPM
Twenty first century technology is helping people with diabetes to heal foot ulcers. An Australian colleague, for example, is developing an application that reminds people with diabetes to control their blood sugars with prompts and instructions, and allows them to upload a picture of their wound for their podiatrist to evaluate.
Advanced Therapies for Diabetic Foot Ulcers
March 31, 2020
Advanced wound care technologies have come a long way in treating chronic wounds. However, diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) can be challenging, and not every patient should have identical treatment. Utilizing a patient-centered approach is necessary for selecting appropriate treatments and achieving best possible outcomes. Understanding the specific patient’s needs and understanding the pathophysiology of diabetic wound chronicity are key elements in DFU management. The primary goal should be wound closure, while also preventing recurrence. To achieve both goals, clinicians must incorporate ongoing education and clinical support. Health care professionals should keep up on latest evidence-based research and practices to select the best advanced treatment for each patient.
Alternatives to the Total Contact Cast in Managing Diabetic Foot Ulcers
March 29, 2018
By James McGuire, DPM, PT, LPed, FAPWH
Editor's note:This blog post is part of the WoundSource Trending Topics series, bringing you insight into the latest clinical issues and advancement in wound management, with contributions by the WoundSource Editorial Advisory Board.
Biopsy: Is it a DFU or Carcinoma? (And Why Does it Matter?)
April 14, 2023
Medical misdiagnosis is common and can be caused by errors in clinical reasoning that arise from knowledge deficits, cognitive biases, and dual-process thinking.1 Dual process thinking is a generally accepted conceptualization of clinical reasoning that includes an initial intuitive assessment followed by a slower logical analysis. Misdiagnosis can arise during both of these evaluative processes.
Cellular Restoration of Leg and Foot Ulcers
September 1, 2020
Chronic wounds pose an ongoing challenge for clinicians, and there needs to be a clearer understanding of the pathophysiology of wound chronicity and treatment modalities available.
Choosing an Evidence-Based Product for Diabetic Foot Ulcer Management
March 31, 2020
When determining the course of action for treating a given wound, it is important that wound care clinicians evaluate how advanced wound care therapies have been deemed evidence based and how the specific product technology works. Evidence-based advanced wound care products are required to be safe and effective based on epidemiology, etiology, and pathophysiology. However, safety and efficiency are not a 100% guarantee of effectiveness in clinical practice.
Chronicity in Lower Extremity Wounds
February 28, 2021
Chronic wounds of the lower extremities impose an increasing burden on health care providers and systems, and they can have a devastating impact on patients and their families. These wounds include diabetic ulcers, venous ulcers, arterial ulcers, and pressure injuries. The estimated socioeconomic cost of chronic wounds is 2% to 4% of the health budget in Western countries. Moreover, patient mortality in individuals with chronic wounds has been estimated at 28% over a two-year period, significantly higher than the 4% mortality rate reported for 75 to 79 year-olds without chronic wounds.