Wound Type: Diabetic Foot Ulcer

What is a diabetic foot ulcer?

A Diabetic foot ulcer refers to the break down of skin and underlying tissue in an area on the foot, leaving a wound or sore that is slow to heal.

In people with diabetes, even a mild injury to the foot can develop into a foot ulcer.

There can be multiple causes which can contribute to the formation of a diabetes foot ulcer. It is important to determine the cause and implement a treatment plan accordingly.

Why are people with diabetes susceptible to foot ulcers?

  • High blood sugar levels can slow down the normal healing process of the body.
  • Poor blood circulation can also impede healing.
  • Nerve damage can lead to a loss of feeling in the feet, resulting in painless wounds that develop into ulcers.

It is vital that diabetic foot ulcers are treated in a timely manner to avoid complications that could lead to, in severe cases, lower limb amputation.

MaxioCel is indicated for use in diabetic foot ulcers.

 

“The economic burden for DFU care is high, and the impact of a DFU on a patient can be unquantifiable. Prompt diagnosis and evidence-based treatment of DFUs are required to improve healing rates and reduce healing time.”

Best practice recommendations for the implementation of a DFU treatment pathway. London: Wounds UK, 2018.

DFUs can increase in severity rapidly – 85% of amputations are preceded by an ulcer

Edmonds, 2013

References

(1) Best practice recommendations for the implementation of a DFU treatment pathway. London: Wounds UK, 2018.

(2) Edmonds M (2013) Modern treatment of infection and ischaemia to reduce major amputation in the diabetic foot. Curr Pharm Des 19: 5008–15