Washington, July 17 (PTI) Scientists have claimed that oxygen treatment can help diabetics heal foot wounds and avoid lower limb amputation.
Every 30 seconds a person somewhere in the world loses a lower limb to amputation due to diabetic foot disease. Now, an international team has found in their study that oxygen can heal the debilitating wounds that plague people with diabetes.
In their study, the scientists have modelled the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), which is the intermittent exposure of the body to pure oxygen under pressure, to heal the chronic wounds that lead to the need for amputation.
Jennifer Flegg of Queensland University of Technology, who led the team, said a small cut on the foot of a diabetic could have catastrophic effects because their wounds did not heal the same way as normal wounds.
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by Allan Tan
Diabetic patients are at high risk for complications of diabetes that affect the feet and can lead to the need for amputation. Daily diabetic foot care helps prevent serious foot health problems.
One of the most critical parts of diabetic foot care is the daily inspection of the feet. Diabetes causes nerve damage to the feet and other parts of the body. This nerve damage is a complication of diabetes called diabetic neuropathy.
If a person with diabetes sustains an injury to the foot, the diabetic patient may not feel the injury due to diabetic neuropathy. If the sore goes undetected, it could become infected.
Due to the poor circulation that many diabetic patients have, they have a difficult time fighting off infection. A sore that is not medically treated has a higher than normal risk of becoming infected. This infection could become serious and lead to gangrene.
As soon as a diabetic patient notices a sore on the foot, the diabetic patient should seek immediate medical attention. Neglecting to get treatment increases the risk for infection and amputation.
The diabetic patient should also wash their feet in warm water daily. The feet should be dried completely after washing including between the toes.
If there is dry skin on the feet, the skin could crack and cause sores. The sores can become infected. Dry skin on the feet should be treated with moisturizer, but moisturizer should never be applied between the toes.
If the diabetic patient notices corns or warts on the feet, the diabetic should avoid using over the counter wart or corn removers. Corns and warts need to be treated by a doctor. While some diabetes references say that it is okay for a diabetic patient to gently file any calluses present, other resources say that diabetic patients should seek medical treatment for calluses.
Toenails should be trimmed carefully and never too short. If the toenails are cut too short, it can cause ingrown toenails. The ingrown toenails cause sores that could become infected.
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