Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are a feared complication among diabetic patients with ulceration, infection, and gangrene that may ultimately lead to risk of amputation. The ulcers can cause pain, discomfort and reduced quality of life.
An effective therapy and appropriate foot care are important in wound healing in DFUs. Recently, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) has been reported to significantly promote and accelerate the healing of complex soft tissue wounds as compared to the standard methods of treatment in DFUs.
The study into the efficacy of ESWT among thirty-eight patients with 45 chronic DFUs showed ESWT-treated ulcers had a significant reduction in wound size and median time required for ulcer healing. It is more effective than Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in wound healing of diabetic foot ulcers.
The therapy improves wound healing and blood flow perfusion rates in diabetic foot ulcer. No side effects or no adverse reactions to shockwave therapy have been shown.
For the treatment of foot ulcers, we use the latest Swiss engineered shockwave equipment, the STORZ Duolith SD1 that allows us to beam focussed shockwaves to the areas being treated.
You can find out more by reading the paper describing the trial here.
If you are a diabetic with foot ulcer problems please contact us for advice.