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One of the most serious complications of diabetes remains one of the most difficult to treat according to a new report published in the journal Diabetes Care.
Diabetic foot ulcers are a leading cause of amputation. And a new study out of France found that even after a wound has been successfully treated, it often returns, leaving the patient disabled.
At the Wound Care Center at North Vista Hospital, surgeon, Brian Citro says the feet are among the first areas affected by long-term diabetes. Problems, including reduced circulation, may need to be addressed along with the wound itself.
"One of the reasons these wounds come back is because we're not treating the actual problem that caused the wound. The diabetes in and of itself does not cause the wound. Diabetes contributes to the wound progressing and getting worse. And I think a lot of these people have their wounds treated so we treat the actual wound but we're not treating the cause of the wound," he said.
Dr. Citro says surgical advancements can improve blood circulation to the feet. And hyperbaric oxygen treatments have also improved the long-term success of wound treatments.
Dr. Citro encourages anyone with diabetes to seek out information on the best ways to avoid foot wounds in the first place. For more on the new study, click here.