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News on Research – Foot Ulcers: Key Factors can help healing Diabetes-Related Foot Sores

According to a large study on diabetes regarding foot ulcers carried out by theDiabetic's Foot Sore can be treated by cleaning & removing dead tissue from wound researcher Magdalena A. Gerhater at Malmo University in Sweden, factors crucial for a diabetic’s foot sore to heal is that blood circulation is normal, the ulcer is superficial, and the person’s  diabetes should have started just a short time back.

Diabetes is a disease that is becoming more common. Estimates show that around five to ten percent of the population suffers from diabetes. One common complication that can result from diabetes is foot ulcers that affect twelve thousand diabetics each year in Sweden.

This group has to be given care in hospitals that is highly specialized to avoid possibility of amputation. Says A. Gershater, a registered nurse & researcher at Malmo University, “People who have had diabetes for a long time often develop poor blood circulation in their legs, which hampers healing,” Gershater is surprised that so many patients have poor blood circulation. She says, “Our study also shows that age as such is not a risk factor”.

Some cases of foot ulcer are so complicated that amputation becomes necessary. Gershater has performed a study to know which factors are related to whether patients with diabetes & ulcers or diabetic’s foot sore heals with or without amputation. The study is the largest, involving two thousand four hundred & eighty patients.

Gershater says, “The study shows that sixty five percent of the patients healed without amputation. What was decisive for the ulcer to heal was that the sore is superficial, that the patient has not had diabetes for long, and that blood circulation is normal.”

“The study shows that deep infections, vascular disease, the location of the sore, male gender, and other disease all increase the risk of leg amputation.”

“Diabetes care in home care can be improved considerably. The fact that it does not function satisfactorily is partly an organizational problem,” she says.

Gershater now hopes that her findings will be applied to the treatment of patients with diabetes and foot ulcers.

“Many of these patients have multiple diseases and need a great deal of care. This means that you have to have a holistic view of the patient in order to do a good job as a diabetes nurse.”

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