DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS
A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes and is commonly located on the bottom of the foot. Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States, and approximately 14-24 percent of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation. Foot ulceration precedes 85 percent of diabetes-related amputations. Research has shown, however, that the development of a foot ulcer is preventable.
Pressure sores or bedsores occur when there is too much pressure on the skin for too long. This reduces blood flow to the area. Without enough blood, the skin can die and a sore may form. Bedsores most often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heels, ankles, hips, and tailbone.
People most at risk of bedsores are those with a medical condition that limits their ability to change positions or those who spend most of their time in a bed or chair. Bedsores can develop quickly. Most sores heal with treatment, but some never heal completely.
Traumatic wounds are typically defined as cuts, lacerations, or puncture wounds that have caused damage to both the skin and underlying tissues. Due to the severity of traumatic wounds and their vast range of causes, treatment can either be as simple as cleaning and dressing the wound, or it can be more extensive and require surgical intervention to close the wound and stabilize the patient. The treatment of traumatic wounds involves repairing damage to the body’s underlying tissue structures, removing any foreign particles, and allowing for drainage of the wounds. All of these steps are essential to prevent the possibility of infection and to promote healing.
VENOUS LEG ULCERS
A venous leg ulcer is a sore on the leg that’s very slow to heal, usually because of weak blood circulation in the limb. It can take more than 4 to 6 weeks to heal. They usually develop on the inside of the leg, just above the ankle. The symptoms of a venous leg ulcer include pain, itching, and swelling in the affected leg.
Venous leg ulcers occur because the veins in the leg, which should send blood back to the heart, might not be doing their job very well. That’s often because the valves that stop the flow of blood back into the veins aren’t working like they should.
One of the miracles of the human body is that it naturally regenerates new skin and tissue when an injury occurs. Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy® can help to catalyze that regeneration process and continue the recruiting of the body’s stem cells to areas that are receiving weak blood circulation. However, in cases of severe injury, the regenerative process can be dramatically slowed. Wounds that have been sutured still require adequate healing time to allow the
Burn injuries can be caused by fires, hot liquids or steam, contact with a hot object, or agents like grease or tar, chemicals, or electricity. Physicians evaluate a burn injury based on two factors: how deep the burn is and the burn size which is measured by the percent total body surface area (% TBSA). The burn depth depends on how hot the agent was and how long the burned area was in contact with the agent and how thick the skin is in the area. There are three levels of a burn injury: first degree, second degree, and third degree.
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