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Could Stem Cell Treatment Help Diabetics With Their Feet?

foot-doctors-surgeons-los-angelesPeople who have diabetes are prone to having foot problems because of nerve damage (neuropathy) and poor circulation.

Neuropathy causes loss of feeling in your feet, which means you may not realize your foot is injured. Poor circulation makes it harder for your feet to heal.

The good news is there is promising new type of treatment for diabetics who suffer foot problems. To learn more, keep reading!

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Because of neuropathy you can’t tell if your shoes are causing pressure and producing corns or calluses. Corns and calluses must be properly treated or they can develop into ulcers.

Poor circulation and neuropathy can make your skin dry. This may seem harmless, but dry skin can result in cracks that may become sores and can lead to infection.

Ingrown toenails and fungal infections can go unnoticed because of loss of feeling. If they are not properly treated, they can lead to infection.

Nerve damage affecting muscles can cause muscle weakness and loss of tone in the feet, resulting in hammertoes and bunions. If left untreated, these deformities can cause ulcers.

Because of poor circulation and neuropathy in the feet, cuts or blisters can easily turn into ulcers that become infected and won’t heal. This common complication of diabetes and can lead to a loss of your foot, your leg, or your life.

The good news is that advances in stem cell therapy can significantly improve outcomes for people who have chronic diabetic foot ulcers, according to a presentation at the 73rd Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).

Stem cells may speed up the healing process, preventing infection and hospitalization during recovery.

Sometimes called the “Swiss army knife of healing,” stem cells have the unique ability to develop into many different cells, including bone, cartilage and fat. When applied directly to a foot ulcer, stem cells can grow over the  area and help to provide the wound with closure.

Recent scientific studies of stem cell research in diabetic-related foot wounds have shown good results for wound closure time, probability of wound closure, the number of adverse events and the number of wound-related infections.

If you have diabetes, be sure to always check your feet for injuries, even minor ones, so that you do not develop ulcers or other issues.

If you have foot pain that is persistent and won’t go away, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.

Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.

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