Large Study Determines Why Some Wounds Heal Without Amputation

Posted on Dec 02, 2011
A Swedish study of diabetic foot ulcers resulted in interesting data about what is needed for a wound to heal without amputation. The study included nearly 2,500 participants, which is one of the largest studies involving diabetic foot wounds.

The study found that ulcers that were more superficial were more likely to heal. Fortunately, Houston wound specialists are often able to make deeper wounds progress to become superficial and healed. Another criteria for healing was the length of time since the person became diabetic. This can also be mitigated by ensuring the diabetes remains in control.

Another critical factor was to ensure that there is good blood flow to the lower extremity. Every person with diabetes, whether in control or not. should have their circulation screened. This is an non-invasive test which takes approximately 30 minutes. Our office uses the PADnet system with excellent results and many limbs saved by taking measures to identify early onset Peripheral Arterial Disease.

If you are diabetic and have not had a comprehensive exam of your feet, including your circulation, contact our Houston podiatry office for an appointment.

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Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.