While I already have a variety of tools to treat wounds and ulcers in my Houston podiatry practice, a new product being developed by a team at the Stanford University School of Medicine recently caught my attention.
According to study results, Dr. Geoffrey Gurtner and his team have developed a new drug, delivered through a skin patch, that can not only help wounds heal before they turn into ulcers, but can also keep those wounds from coming back in the future.
Using a drug that’s already widely available, deferoxamine, in combination with a new medication designed to boost production of the proteins that form new blood vessels necessary for healing, the patch mechanism delivers the drugs more effectively than when they are applied as a cream. In preliminary trials, patients being treated with this patch healed 14 days sooner than those being helped by a topical ointment. Not only did the wound heal quicker when patients were given the patch, but their skin collagen levels were boosted, making future wounds less likely to develop.
Before this new patch becomes available to patients across the country, it will have to go through clinical trials, but you can be sure I’ll follow its development along with other treatment options for diabetic foot problems.
Even as newer and better medications become available, it’s crucial to remember that prevention is the only sure-fire way to keep your feet safe from ulcers. If you have diabetes, engage in daily self-exams of your feet and maintain regularly scheduled appointments with Dr. Andrew Schneider to avoid major health problems.