As a Houston podiatrist who provides foot care for diabetics, I am always on the lookout for new ways to help my patients. This week I learned about a new topical ointment that is being developed. It is intended for the treatment of mildly infected foot ulcers and has just entered the final stage of clinical trials.
The new cream, Locilex, is being developed by Dipexium and is derived from the skin of the African clawed frog. While that may sound totally gross, the antimicrobial peptides that are synthesized from the frog’s skin have proven very effective in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. If approved, the cream will become the first topical antibiotic cream approved for treating these types of hard-to-fight foot infections.
Right now, about 1.3 million American patients get diabetic foot infections each year; for those whose infections cannot be cured, ulcers can worsen and even result in the loss of the limb. If this new topical ointment is approved, it could prove to be a good weapon in the arsenal of tools we use to keep diabetic patients’ feet healthy.
I’ll be watching this cream’s development closely, of course, but I also hope to never have to prescribe it for any of my patients. With proper foot care and regular checkups with your podiatrist, diabetic patients can usually avoid the development of ulcers and other foot infections.
If you have diabetes in Houston, make sure to schedule regular appointments with Dr. Andrew Schneider at Tanglewood Foot Specialists. I provide the latest and best care to maintain diabetic foot health and prevent avoidable complications.