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Diabetes and Foot Care Article Archives

January 2013

Prefab or Custom, Insoles Good at Reducing Pressure on Feet

Good news for people with diabetes who worry about protecting themselves against the plantar pressure and risks of ulcerous foot injuries that come with diabetic neuropathy: A recent British study shows that ready-made insoles you can buy at the store perform almost as well as more expensive custom-made insoles at achieving those foot protection goals.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 13, 2013

June 2012

Foot Problems Pervasive In The U.S., Linked To Obesity, Sedentary Lives And Diabetes, Says New New IPFH/NPD Study Foot Health Affects Overall Health

Statesville, NC - June, 26, 2012 - A staggering 78% of U.S. adults age 21+ report they have had one or more problems with their feet at some time in their lives, according to The National Foot Health Assessment 2012, a survey conducted for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health (IPFH) by The NPD Group. The most common foot maladies, plaguing both men and women, were ankle sprains (reported by roughly one in three respondents), followed by blisters, calluses, foot fatigue, cracked skin and athlete's foot.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 30, 2012

February 2012

Neurologists Issue New Guideline for Treating Neuropathy

A team of neurologists has issued a new set of recommendations for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, including drugs and other treatments that have been found to be the most effective therapies for the condition.

comments 14 comments - Posted Feb 25, 2012

April 2011

Taiwanese Study Shows New Technology Nearly Three Times Better at Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Taiwanese researchers say that a technology that uses sound waves to stimulate healing in diabetic foot ulcers is almost three times more effective than conventional hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). The technology, called dermaPACE®, is manufactured by SANUWAVE Health Inc., a medical device company located in Alpharetta, Ga.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 10, 2011

January 2011

New Wound Treatment for Non-healing Foot Ulcers

Results are expected by the end of the month in an efficacy study on a new drug that promises to improve diabetic wound care. Derma Sciences is wrapping up work on a phase 2 trial of DSC127, a drug already shown to speed up healing in animal tests.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 11, 2011

October 2010

Dermagraft

It sounds like science fiction: a substitute for human skin, derived from human cells and used to treat difficult-to-treat diabetic foot ulcers. But it's a real product, called Dermagraft, manufactured and sold by a real company, Advanced BioHealing. The Connecticut-headquartered company is expanding its operations in Tennessee, part of an aggressive growth strategy to spread the word about its existing product and develop new ones.

comments 2 comments - Posted Oct 26, 2010

November 2009

To Heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers, A New Drug Harnesses Stem Cells Inside Us All

Princeton, NJ - November 10, 2009 -- Diabetic foot ulcers are the primary cause of hospital admissions for diabetics. Foot ulcers that heal improperly are at risk for infection, which can lead to amputation.  According to the American Diabetes Association, one in four patients with diabetic foot ulcers will eventually require lower-limb amputation.  Now science has found a way of mobilizing stem cells within the body to treat this health issue, which affects more than three million Americans annually.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 11, 2009

July 2009

WarmFeet Relaxation Method Improves Blood Flow to the Feet

Have you ever come home from work or shopping after a long day on your feet, and all you wanted in life was to sit down and put them up? When you rested your feet on an ottoman, you immediately began to relax. The physiological reason you felt so much better was the slight widening of the peripheral capillary blood vessels in your feet-the natural response of relaxation. As the vessels opened up, more blood flowed to your feet, providing nutrients and oxygen. The foot pain and fatigue started to fade as the tissues were nourished. Ahhhh!

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 20, 2009

June 2009

Foot Amputation Risk in Type 2s Reduced 36 Percent By Blood Fat-Lowering Drug

Patients with type 2 diabetes reduced their risk of having a foot amputated by 36 percent when they took fenofibrate, a drug designed to lower blood fat levels.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 12, 2009

April 2009

The Insight Foot Care Scale Jumps In Feet First

The Insight Foot Care Scale is a unique bathroom weight scale designed to help people with diabetes check their feet every day.  As most people with diabetes know, daily foot observation is an important step in managing diabetes. Neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes, can cause complete loss of sensation in the extremities, which makes it possible for minor cuts and sores to go unnoticed until they are problematic.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 8, 2009

January 2009

Utah Jazz Owner Miller Suffers Double Amputation Due to Type 2 Complications

Utah Jazz owner, Larry H. Miller had his legs amputated six inches below the knee last week. A spokesman for the successful pro basketball team told the Associated Press that the surgery was due to complications from type 2 diabetes. The spokesman noted that Miller was already using a wheelchair before the surgery. Miller is 64 years old.

comments 5 comments - Posted Jan 26, 2009

December 2008

Pain in Your Feet? Try These Proven Techniques for Soothing Them
Pain in Your Feet? Try These Proven Techniques for Soothing Them

One of the more common and early complications of diabetes is nerve pain or peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms are tingling, pain or numbness in the legs and feet, sometimes in arms and hands.

comments 15 comments - Posted Dec 25, 2008

Rethinking the Treatment of Diabetes

The first time I presented medical research findings, I was not yet a physician. The year was about 1975. I was in my early forties and a mid-career engineer. The forum was a scientific symposium on diabetes. At the time, I felt that I had discovered the holy grail of diabetes care and was eager to share what I had learned.

comments 22 comments - Posted Dec 8, 2008

August 2008

Foot Care for Diabetics
Foot Care for Diabetics

The incidence of limb-threatening ulcerations in diabetics is very high, affecting approximately one in six to seven patients. Non-healing "diabetic" ulcers are the major cause of leg, foot, and toe amputations in this country, after traumatic injuries such as motor vehicle accidents. These ulcerations do not occur spontaneously; they are always preceded by gradual or sudden injury to the skin by some external factor. Preventing such injuries can prevent their sad consequences.

comments 5 comments - Posted Aug 4, 2008

July 2008

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Used to Treat Diabetic Ulcers at New Massachusetts Center
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Used to Treat Diabetic Ulcers at New Massachusetts Center

The newly opened Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Stoughton, Mass., is now offering comprehensive wound management care, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), which has been used successfully to treat diabetic ulcers.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 31, 2008

June 2008

Strongest OTC Solution for Diabetic Neuropathy Now Available in Zostrix® Neuropathy Cream
Strongest OTC Solution for Diabetic Neuropathy Now Available in Zostrix® Neuropathy Cream

A new product can be used alone or as a highly effective adjunctive therapy to complement systemic pain therapeutics to help relieve diabetic neuropathy pain.

comments 4 comments - Posted Jun 26, 2008

At Long Last It's Possible to Have the Sole of a European!
At Long Last It's Possible to Have the Sole of a European!

”Intense Hydrating Cream” from Pedi-Relax®, a cream made in France and used by people with diabetes in Europe to treat their soles, is now available in the United States at www.cvs.com for $7.99.  The line is specifically formulated for extremely dry and damaged feet and is endorsed by the Federation of International Podiatrists.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 12, 2008

March 2008

Texas Podiatrist Draws Big Funding in His Efforts To Help People Understand the Diabetic Foot
Texas Podiatrist Draws Big Funding in His Efforts To Help People Understand the Diabetic Foot

Lawrence Lavery, DPM, podiatrist at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, clearly understands the diabetic foot.  

comments 3 comments - Posted Mar 19, 2008

Why Am I Tripping Myself Up? Five Weeks in, and I Can't Wait for Out

Five weeks ago I hurt my ankle. Really hurt it. I either tore a tendon or a ligament or had a severe stress fracture or something. Although I’ve been to my podiatrist twice now, the diagnosis is still unclear. The X-ray showed no break, and while the doc didn’t feel I needed an MRI, I figured that if my insurance paid for it, I did. I want to know we’re doing everything possible to get this fixed as quickly as possible (which already seems impossible after five weeks), because not walking is having several unpleasant effects on me:

comments 3 comments - Posted Mar 19, 2008

Steps You Can Take to Prevent Foot Amputation
Steps You Can Take to Prevent Foot Amputation

A Diabetes Health advisory board member offers advice on how to treat your feet well and avoid wounds and infections that could lead to amputation. 

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 7, 2008

February 2008

New Journal Outlines Limb-Saving Procedure for Diabetic Foot Infections

In its first edition, the new bimonthly journal Foot & Ankle Specialist (FAS) offers a three-step treatment plan for patients with diabetic foot infections. Diabetic patients suffering from severe infections face a 25 percent risk of amputation.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 21, 2008

January 2008

Like Cinderella's Sisters, Many People With Diabetes Squeeze Big Feet Into Small Shoes
Like Cinderella's Sisters, Many People With Diabetes Squeeze Big Feet Into Small Shoes

A recent Scottish study of a hundred people with diabetes found that about 63 percent of them were wearing the wrong shoe size. Because feet become wider and longer when they are being stood upon, all the patients had their feet examined while they were both sitting and standing.

comments 7 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2008

November 2007

Q and A: Can My Father Avoid Amputation?

Q: Dear Diabetes Health, My 82-year-old father is a type 2 diabetic. He is in extreme pain due to an ulcer on his toe and is at risk of amputation of his foot. Here in Canada, the doctors are quick to amputate.

comments 11 comments - Posted Nov 25, 2007

October 2007

Charcot Foot: A Story of Foot Reconstruction
Charcot Foot: A Story of Foot Reconstruction

Josephine Kulman has had type 1 diabetes for 45 years, ever since she was five years old. For much of her life, her blood sugars were rarely in control.

comments 32 comments - Posted Oct 11, 2007

September 2007

What's Afoot in Creams and Lotions, Salves and Potions
What's Afoot in Creams and Lotions, Salves and Potions

For people without diabetes, fancy skin cream is often a sheer indulgence. For people with diabetes, however, it's a far more serious matter.

comments 4 comments - Posted Sep 20, 2007

August 2007

Depression And a Foot Ulcer Can Be a Fatal Combination
Depression And a Foot Ulcer Can Be a Fatal Combination

In a recent study out of Britain, 253 people with their first diabetic foot ulcer were assessed for depression. Sadly, a full third of them suffered from clinical depression; to be precise, 24.1 percent had major depressive disorder and 8.1 percent had minor depression.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2007

June 2007

U of M Researcher Develops Technique To Improve Diabetes Complications

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, June 19, 2007 - Birgitta I. Rice, MS, RPh, CHES, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, has developed a therapy that is proven to relieve leg pain and improve healing of chronic foot ulcers in patients with diabetes or peripheral arterial disease. The training protocol was published in the May/June issue of The Diabetes Educator.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 22, 2007

The World's Tiniest Surgeons: Maggots Are All Over Foot Ulcers
The World's Tiniest Surgeons: Maggots Are All Over Foot Ulcers

In days of yore, along about the time when bloodletting was considered a legitimate cure, maggots were a popular tool in the surgeon's black bag. In the Civil War, doctors employed busy maggots to clean rotten tissue from wounds that might otherwise have led to amputation.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 21, 2007

It's a Wash:  New Antimicrobial Solution Called Microcyn May Help Cure Diabetic Ulcers
It's a Wash: New Antimicrobial Solution Called Microcyn May Help Cure Diabetic Ulcers

Every chronic disease brings with it fears and concerns, and people with diabetes face an especially daunting possibility: infections that never heal, potentially ending in the loss of a lower limb.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 4, 2007

May 2007

The Sad State of Diabetes Complications in America

A report released at a recent meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), called “The State of Diabetes Complications in America,” has revealed some pretty depressing facts about the consequences of diabetes today.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 20, 2007

The Double Whammy: When Peripheral Artery Disease Complicates Peripheral Neuropathy
The Double Whammy: When Peripheral Artery Disease Complicates Peripheral Neuropathy

When it comes to your feet, it’s important to know where you stand. Foot problems are the most common reason for diabetes-related hospitalizations, and people with diabetes are up to fifteen times more likely to have a lower limb amputation than those without diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 8, 2007

March 2007

EuroSocks Unveils New Sock For Diabetic Foot Care: Doctors Applaud the Non-medical Appearance For Encouraging Use
EuroSocks Unveils New Sock For Diabetic Foot Care: Doctors Applaud the Non-medical Appearance For Encouraging Use

Warwick, R.I. - EuroSocks North America, a top producer of sport-specific performance and compression socks, has introduced Euros Rx for Diabetics. Developed in collaboration with a team of physicians, the patent-pending dual-tone technology design comes in white and dark dress sock colors while preserving the patented white bottom to allow diabetics to easily monitor the condition of their feet.

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 14, 2007

February 2007

Hot Feet? Hotfoot It To Your Doctor
Hot Feet? Hotfoot It To Your Doctor

If one foot’s hot and the other’s not, you might be developing a foot ulcer. Research published in the January 2007 issue of Diabetes Care showed that an infrared temperature-monitoring tool can reveal developing diabetic foot ulcers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 22, 2007

January 2007

Divabetic is Bringing Sexy Back!
Divabetic is Bringing Sexy Back!

Hundreds of women affected by diabetes across the country are feeling great about themselves and learning to stay that way, thanks to an innovative diabetes outreach campaign presented by a world leader in diabetes care, Novo Nordisk.┬áCalled “Novo Nordisk Presents Divabetic—Makeover Your Diabetes,” the program combines personalized diabetes education with free salon and spa services in a crash course designed to help every woman’s “inner diva” take charge of her own and her family’s health.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 25, 2007

September 2006

New Skin Therapy Line Specifically for Diabetics
New Skin Therapy Line Specifically for Diabetics

Masada Health and Beauty Corporation, in order to “reduce the toll that diabetes takes on the skin,” has developed DiabEase Mineral Therapy Solutions.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

December 2005

Home Temperature-Monitoring Device for the Diabetic Foot Now Available
Home Temperature-Monitoring Device for the Diabetic Foot Now Available

Xilas Medical, Inc., of San Antonio, Texas, has announced that its TempTouch home infrared temperature probe is now available to consumers who have been diagnosed with diabetes and are susceptible to foot-related problems.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2005

May 2005

Common Injuries for Walkers and Runners
Common Injuries for Walkers and Runners

Nothing can destroy your motivation to exercise as much as an injury.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2005

January 2005

Hot Foot Is the Risk Indicator
Hot Foot Is the Risk Indicator

At-home self-monitoring by patients of daily foot temperatures may be an effective adjunctive tool to prevent foot complications in individuals at high risk for lower-extremity ulceration.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2005

December 2004

Healthy Feet, Healthy Nerves
Healthy Feet, Healthy Nerves

A Danish study shows that the atrophy of foot muscles is closely linked to diabetic neuropathy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2004

November 2004

A Foot Owner's Care Guide

Foot disorders are the number one reason that people with diabetes spend time in the hospital.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2004

June 2004

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

Foot ulcers are dangerous and painful, but simple relief can be obtained with therapeutic footwear, according to a recent study of patients with neuropathy and a history of previous foot ulcers.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 1, 2004

April 2004

Pedicures
Pedicures

As people with diabetes become more proactive in controlling their diabetes, concerns arise about the safety of certain preventive and alternative options. Pedicure services, often utilized as part of a routine regimen in good foot care, is one of the issues warranting further consideration.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 1, 2004

March 2004

Keeping Your Toes & Feet Healthy

It was the scariest thing Kathy Yokum ever did.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2004

May 2003

Nonhealing Ulcers Respond Best to Maggot Therapy

When 18 veterans with diabetes who had a total of 20 nonhealing foot ulcers were treated either with conventional therapy or with maggot therapy, the maggots came out ahead.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 1, 2003

Lower Blood Pressure Healthy for the Lower Extremities... and the Heart!

If you have peripheral arterial disease (PAD)—narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet—and want to lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke, you should aim to keep your blood pressure low, advises a new study.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2003

March 2003

Nailing Down Nail Infections

The condition of your nails may point directly toward the condition of your health.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2003

February 2003

Spray Used for Angina Could Alleviate Foot Pain?

A spray commonly used to alleviate angina pain might be able to help relieve the pain and burning of diabetic neuropathy when sprayed on the feet.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2003

January 2003

Test Can Predict Foot Problems

A test that measures muscle activity can predict the development of foot ulcers, while other tests can predict amputation and even death, say researchers at the Manchester Royal Infirmary in the United Kingdom.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2003

Preventive Measures Improving, But Still Not Good Enough

Although more people with diabetes are taking measures to prevent or delay diabetes-related complications, the number still falls short of recommended national health objectives, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2003

September 2002

Shapely Feat for Feet

Foot specialists can now create custom orthotics on site in just one hour using a process from Riecken's Orthotic Laboratory in Evansville, Indiana. The Shoe and Foot Interfacing Orthosis (SAFIO) process, which uses the patient's foot as its model, eliminates the need for foot forms, plaster work and delivery delays and allows the patient to walk out of the office with a pair of custom inlays. Riecken can also do the work in-house, if desired.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2002

August 2002

If the Shoe Fits, Wear It

Unless you have a severe foot deformity or do not receive close attention to foot care from your healthcare provider, you may not need to wear therapeutic shoes to reduce the risk of foot ulcers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2002

June 2002

Questions and Answers

Why Have I Lost Depth Perception in My Vision?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2002

April 2002

Choosing an Exercise Shoe

The type of shoe you choose for your walking or running activity may be the single best insurance you can buy to reduce your chance of injury. I find that most people look for two things in a shoe: cushion and style. The problem here is that cushion, while it may feel good initially, does not offer the stability that most people need. A lack of stability in a shoe can cause the majority of weight-bearing injuries to the ankles, knees, hips and lower back. Remember, it is nice to look good while you are exercising, but how can you continue to look good if you are injured?

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 1, 2002

Not a Seam to Be Found

Apex Foot Health Industries, Inc., of Teaneck, New Jersey, is now offering seam-free socks, which are recommended for people with diabetes. The Comfort n' Care Seamfree Socks provide even pressure throughout the foot to avoid cutting off circulation. The socks feature a thickly knit, soft acrylic fabric for added comfort and to protect the foot from moisture.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2002

Treat Your Feet

Podovis, of Chicago, Illinois, is offering a line of all-natural foot care products to help people with diabetes maintain good foot health. Each product contains a medicinal seaweed extract from the South Pacific, which has nourishing properties, according to the company. The line of products includes Dry Foot Moisturizer; Pumice Cream, which acts as an exfoliant; Cream Talc, which protects against perspiration; Moisturizing Relaxing Gel; and Foot Deodorant. Prices range from $3.99 to $5.59.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2002

Choosing an Exercise Shoe

The type of shoe you choose for your walking or running activity may be the single best insurance you can buy to reduce your chance of injury. I find that most people look for two things in a shoe: cushion and style. The problem here is that cushion, while it may feel good initially, does not offer the stability that most people need. A lack of stability in a shoe can cause the majority of weight-bearing injuries to the ankles, knees, hips and lower back. Remember, it is nice to look good while you are exercising, but how can you continue to look good if you are injured?

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2002

January 2002

Bottoms Up

Riecken's Orthotic Laboratory, of Evansville, Indiana, is offering shoe insoles custom-designed to help reduce foot ulcers. The Butterfly inserts are made with a gel that "moves, flexes and can flow with the foot's movements," says Carl Riecken, C.Ped, OST, president of Riecken's Orthotic Laboratory. The substance, "flesh-like in consistency," provides a "positive, shock-absorbing foundation" that molds to fit the shape of a person's foot. The smooth surface reduces friction and effectively helps decrease callus build-up, according to the press release.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2002

Research Shows Achilles Tendon Surgery Helps Heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers

A procedure that lengthens the Achilles tendon can provide relief for people with diabetic foot ulcers, according to Dr. Cherie Johnson, DPM, FECFAS, a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon at the Foot and Ankle Clinic in Everett, Washington. Johnson, who presented her research to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) in October 2001, said the surgery works by decreasing pressure on the ball of the foot.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2002

A Step Forward

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now includes foot exams in its coverage for Medicare recipients with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2002

December 2001

That Special Touch

Advanced Tissue Sciences Inc. of La Jolla, California, and Smith & Nephew PLC, of London, England, announced the FDA approval of Dermagraft, a treatment for foot ulcers resulting from diabetic neuropathy. Advanced Tissue Sciences is the first company in the United States to receive FDA approval for a skin treatment that is engineered from human cells.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2001

November 2001

Medicares Best-Kept Secret Offers Free Foot Care Services for People With Diabetes

The number of lower-limb amputations related to diabetes complications is growing-there were 86,000 such amputations in 1999 alone-according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

September 2001

The Buzz on Foot Treatments

Electric pulses helped to heal foot ulcers for people with diabetes, according to the results of a study out of the University of Texas that were published in the June issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2001

May 2001

Great Diabetes Dialogue

In my February column ("Seeing Red"), I printed a summary of foot-care guidelines ("Important Steps for Foot Care") as outlined by Richard Bernstein, MD, FACE, FACN, CWS, of the Diabetes Center in Mamoroneck, New York.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2001

Now Enter: Diabetic Walker

Many diabetes-related foot injuries get worse because sensations in the feet are diminished. This can eventually lead to lower-limb amputations.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2001

Treating Your Feet

The most recent statistics say 86,000 people with diabetes suffer from lower-limb amputations. Experts, however, say that half of them could be avoided.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2001

March 2001

A Step in the Right Direction

According to Richard Bernstein, MD, FACE, FACN, CWS, a diplomat at the American College of Wound Management, elevated blood sugars can injure and eventually destroy sensory nerves in the feet. Virtually all people with diabetes, who have experienced ongoing higher-than-normal blood sugars for more than five years, suffer some loss of sensitivity to pain, pressure and temperature in their feet.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2001

September 2000

Moist-Healing Bandage Helps Diabetic Foot Wounds

Podiatrists argue that moist-wound healing is of utmost importance for diabetic foot wounds to properly heal. According to Debashish Chakravarthy, PhD, head of consumer business development for Advanced Medical Solutions, a new bandage, called the Spyroflex, is specially designed to provide this type of healing environment.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2000

August 2000

FDA Approves Apligraf for Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers—Live Skin Used to Heal Foot Wounds

Only a month and 12 days after receiving recommendation for approval from a FDA advisory board, Apligraf was formally given approval for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers of greater than a three-week duration.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2000

February 2000

Keeping Your Feet Healthy and Safe - Charcot Foot

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can make the feet numb and reduce sensitivity to pain. Without the ability to feel pain, a person may not know when and how to protect an injured area. Therefore, they just keep walking on the injured foot.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2000

Instructions for Home Care of the Diabetic Foot

Check your feet daily for any sores, rub spots, etc. to be certain of having healthy, pain-free tootsies.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2000

Keeping Your Feet Healthy and Safe

There are few issues that scare people with diabetes more than that of amputation. Losing a leg or foot has the potential to affect not only the way you work and play but, generally, all of the activities in your life. The good news is that most amputations are preventable.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2000

Does the Shoe Fit?

A big issue in diabetes care today is the prevention of foot wounds that could lead to serious consequences. Untreated foot deformities and calluses can lead to ulcers that can subsequently lead to infection and amputation. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports that 15 percent of all people with diabetes develop foot ulcers. Diabetic foot problems result in as any as 60,000 major amputations per year in North America.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2000

January 2000

Live Skin Used to Heal Foot Wounds

On May 8, an advisory panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended approval of the bioengineered skin substitute Apligraf.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 7, 2000

Medicare's Therapeutic Shoe Bill

Are you eligible?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2000

November 1999

Do Magnets Really Relieve Foot Pain?

I am greatly interested in relief for my foot pain. Please share with me any information on relieving foot pain with the use of magnets.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1999

April 1999

Elective Foot Surgery Dangerous to People with Diabetes

According to a study presented on February 8 at the annual American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society meeting in Anaheim, California, elective foot and ankle surgery for patients with diabetic neuropathy can lead to an increased risk of Charcot foot.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 1999

March 1999

Magnets Help Reduce Foot Pain in People with Diabetes

Wearing magnet-laden socks could reduce or eliminate neuropathy-related foot pain in people with diabetes, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Pain Management.

comments 3 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1999

November 1998

Sticking to the Basics of Footcare

A free brochure on foot care for people with diabetes, "Diabetic Foot Problems and Treatment," has been produced by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. To order call (888) THE-FEET.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1998

July 1998

Don't be Defeated by Charcot Foot

Proper diabetes care requires being constantly vigilant in treating diabetes complications. One especially troubling complication that can affect both type 1s and type 2s is diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This complication, which affects the nerves in the extremities, may make the feet numb and unable to feel pain. When first hearing this, many say, "that's terrific - not feeling pain is better than hurting." Unfortunately, feeling pain is a necessary evil to prevent serious injuries.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1998

Footnotes: Helpful Footcare Hints

The peripheral neuropathy that is the underlying cause of Charcot foot can lead to other foot problems as well. The diminished sensation that allows a person with peripheral neuropathy to continue to walk on a Charcot foot can also lead them to further damage a foot adversely affected by extreme temperatures, poorly fitting shoes, cuts or ulcers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1998

March 1998

The Brave New World of Skin Grafting — From Foreskins to Foot Ulcers

Dermagraft, a human skin replacement for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers has been recommended to the FDA for approval on the condition that Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc. and its partner Smith & Nephew plc perform a post marketing study.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1998

November 1997

Foot Fungus: Easy to Catch, Hard to Cure

Podiatrists are increasingly concerned with the spread of fungal nail infection. "In New York alone, an estimated 620,000 people - one in every 25 - already have fungal nail infections and are at risk of spreading them to others," says Hiram Chirel, DPM, executive director of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1997

Feats of Health

The medical staff at Curative Wound Care Centers recommends following certain basic steps in proper foot care - ranging from wearing the right kind of socks to trimming the toenails correctly - that are key in the prevention of amputations as a result of neuropathy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1997

September 1997

How to Prevent Amputation

Neuropathy is one of the most common complications of diabetes. Unless something is done to stop the trend, 50 percent of people with diabetes are predicted to develop neuropathy, or nerve damage, in their legs. Because there is a loss of protective sensation which signals pain, injuries can occur as a result. These neuropathy-related injuries can cause ulcers that lead to amputations for an estimated 54,000 patients every year in the United States.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 1997

May 1997

Heal Feet Faster

Magainin Pharmaceuticals Inc. recently announced successful results in phase III trials for FDA approval of Cytolex, their topical antibiotic cream for the treatment of foot ulcers.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 1997

April 1997

Shoe Smarts

The current guidelines on nonprescription footwear for people with diabetes need to be carefully reevaluated, according to a recent study. The study asserts that the relationship between severe foot lesions and "improper" footwear is actually quite weak.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 1997

February 1997

Fight Foot Fungus with Fervor

This case study is presented by Dr. Neil Scheffler, our foot care advisor and a podiatrist at the Baltimore Podiatry Group in Baltimore, Maryland.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 1, 1997

May 1996

Don’t Wear Leather Soled Oxford Shoes, Study Shows

Hope may be in store for the majority of office workers who must bear the discomfort of Oxford-style shoes. The results from a recent study showed that Oxfords inflicted as much damage to the sole of the foot as one would receive walking barefoot. The test results especially affect people with diabetes who run the risk of foot ulceration. The cheap running shoe emerged as the minimum support recommended for people with diabetes.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 1, 1996

February 1996

Ultimax Socks Help Diabetic Feet

DIABETES HEALTH reader Jeffrey Davis works in a bookstore, which means he's on his feet all day. He looked everywhere for a pair of socks that were both comfortable and safe for his sensitive feet. Since he wears specially made diabetic shoes, he decided to get custom-made socks. Unfortunately, the special socks cost more than $100 and were extremely uncomfortable. Then, Davis found what he calls the answer to his problems.

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If Only Toes Could Talk...

Bill came into my pharmacy several months ago, sat down, and took off his shoe and stocking to show me his toe. His middle toe was deep red and purple. He described how the strap of his sandal had rubbed a sore at the base of the toe, and said it was not painful.

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November 1995

Tips For Buying Shoes

There are 150 amputations nationwide every day due to diabetes complications. That equals 54,750 per year. For this reason, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at Penn State University in Hershey, Pa. has developed some helpful material on foot care. The following has been abstracted from its literature:

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March 1995

Feet are Vulnerable to Ulcers and Diabetic Neuropathy

Foot-related complications of diabetes are among the most common reasons people with diabetes are hospitalized. Foot ulcers are one of these complications. Ulcers are holes. If you have a stomach ulcer, it is a hole in your stomach. Similarly, a foot ulcer is a hole in the skin of the foot.

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January 1995

Your Feet: Diabetic Neuropathy

It is well known that foot problems are among the most frequent complications of diabetes. One of the primary reasons that people with diabetes have foot problems is because of a disorder known as diabetic neuropathy.

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New Foot Cream

Steuart Labs is introducing a fast-penetrating foot cream that will soften calluses, reduce itching, and assist in the healing of other slow-healing sores.

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September 1994

Hot Feet?

You've heard of hot flashes, well, now there's something new-hot spots. Located on the soles of your foot, these toasty patches are early indicators of inflammation and tissue damage produced by repetitive stresses.

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July 1994

Your Feet: What Can You Do About Neuropathy?

Q: I've been told that I have diabetic neuropathy. What is that and what can I do about it?

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