Diabetic Foot Ulcer treatment at WeTreatFeet Podiatry, Foot and Ankle Care, Baltimore, Maryland.
Diabetic foot ulcers are a common complication of diabetes, affecting up to 25% of patients with diabetes during their lifetime. One of the main causes of diabetic foot ulcers is peripheral neuropathy, a condition that causes nerve damage, leading to loss of sensation in the feet. As a result, patients with diabetic foot ulcers are at an increased risk of developing serious infections and amputations.
Achilles tendon lengthening (ATL) is a surgical procedure that has been used to treat diabetic foot ulcers. The procedure involves lengthening the Achilles tendon to reduce pressure on the forefoot and increase the offloading of pressure areas. By reducing the pressure on the foot, ATL can promote healing of diabetic foot ulcers and prevent further complications.
Several studies have shown the effectiveness of ATL in treating diabetic foot ulcers. A randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association found that patients who underwent ATL had a significantly higher rate of complete ulcer healing compared to those who received standard care alone (71.4% vs. 20.0%). Another study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that ATL significantly reduced the risk of ulcer recurrence and amputation in patients with diabetic foot ulcers.
While ATL is generally considered a safe and effective treatment for diabetic foot ulcers, it is not without risks. Complications can include wound dehiscence, infection, and nerve damage. Patients considering ATL should discuss the risks and benefits with a WeTreatFeet Podiatrist
Multiple studies have shown, Achilles tendon lengthening is a successful treatment option for diabetic foot ulcers. It has been shown to promote healing and prevent complications in patients with peripheral neuropathy. However, patients should be aware of the potential risks and consult WeTreatFeet before undergoing the procedure.
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