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Diabetic foot ulcers and Diabetic Wounds

  • Diabetes affects over 29 million Americans and is a significant contributor to many health related issues.   Diabetes is a contributing factor to heart disease, stroke, lack of circulation, and loss of sensation in the lower extremities.  It is estimated that 25% of diabetic patients will develop a diabetic foot ulcer sometime in their lives.  Diabetic foot ulcers are difficult to heal and without appropriate care, may result in amputation.  
  • Patients with diabetes often have poor circulation which prevents the body from providing the necessary oxygen and nutrients from reaching lower extremities.  This reduction in circulation also prevents the body’s immune system from responding to an injury to the skin and tissues and prevent infection. 
  • HBOT is an effective adjunctive therapy to standard therapies.  HBOT increases the level of oxygen reaching the tissues, promotes the development of new blood vessels (angiogenesis), and when used along with offloading, treatment of infection, debridement, appropriate wound dressings, etc., can greatly enhance healing as well as reduce the risk of amputation. 

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