If you have diabetes you are obviously aware that there is a good chance you may develop foot sores or ulcers.
Approximately 5% of diabetics develop foot ulcers annually.
1% of these will require amputation.
Diabetic foot ulcers are responsible for more hospitalizations than any other complication from diabetes.
They are also the leading cause of non-traumatic amputations in the United States today.
What Is A Diabetic Foot Ulcer?
A foot ulcer is an open wound or sore on the foot.
It can be a shallow red crater involving only the surface skin, but it can also be very deep.
Deep foot ulcers may be a crater extending through the entire thickness of the skin.
It can get even worse when involving tendons, bones and other deep structures.
What Causes Diabetic Foot Ulcers?
Diabetic foot ulcers are caused by neuropathic (nerve) and vascular (blood vessel) complications of the disease.
High blood sugar levels lead to nerve damage over time, also referred to as peripheral neuropathy.
Nerve damage due to diabetes causes altered or complete loss of feeling in the foot.
Pressure from shoes, cuts, bruises, or any injury to the foot may go unnoticed due to the loss of sensation.
This results in damaged skin and results in skin loss, blisters and ulcers.
The lack of healthy blood and oxygen flow leads to ulceration and impaired wound healing.
Please read Proper Foot Care For Diabetic Foot Ulcers if you would like more information on how to take care of diabetic foot ulcers.
Compounding For Ulcers
Topical compounding allows high doses of medication directly applied to local problem areas.
Specialized compound creams can be made for your own individual needs, allowing for much faster results.
Compounding medication is designed to:
- Stimulate new tissue growth
- Reduce pain
- Discourage bacterial overgrowth
Medications which improve capillary blood flow can be added to a compounded medication and applied locally to enhance circulation and promote healing of the injured area.
Some of the compounds used in treating diabetic foot ulcers may include:
- Topical antibiotic solutions to aid in maintaining an infection-free healing process.
- Tissue growth stimulating gels or solutions to encourage the growth of healthy tissue.
- Estrogen which has been found to reduce wound size when applied topically as well as increase the rate of wound healing.
- Antibiotics can be included in wound preparations to prevent or treat infections.
- Calcium Channel Blockers, when properly compounded in topical preparations, have shown to speed up wound healing and improve blood flow to diabetic ulcers.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories used topically have shown to inhibit pro-inflammatory enzymes which in turn reduce scar formation and thickness.
Compounding pharmacies are taking a different approach to treat a multitude of conditions with great success.
By combining unique medication specifically for you, the results will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
For more information on this unique medication, please read The Secret To Pain Free Life With Custom Compounding.