Diabetes and Diabetic Foot Ulcers
(Sierra Vista, AZ – November 15, 2018) – The Wound Care Center at Canyon Vista Medical Center is a member of the Healogics network, is participating in Healogics’ National Diabetes Awareness Month.
7.2 million who are unaware they are living with the disease. The percentage of adults with diabetes increases with age, reaching a high of 25.2 percent among those aged 65 years or older. In addition to age, risk factors for diabetes also include diet, activity level, obesity and heredity.
Diabetes may be accompanied by other co-existing conditions such as blindness, heart disease, kidney failure or lower-limb amputation.
High blood sugar levels, poor circulation, immune systems issues, nerve damage and infection may contribute to a non- healing diabetic foot ulcer. Approximately 25 percent of people living with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer. Diabetic foot ulcers have an alarming high recurrence rate. As many as 40 percent of people with a healed diabetic foot ulcer will develop a new ulcer within a year. Diabetic foot ulcers can be challenging to heal and it is estimated 14 to 24 percent of people with foot ulcers will experience an amputation. Even more alarming, people with an amputation have a 50 percent mortality rate within five years.
There are several common factors of diabetic foot ulcers including neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), deformities and Charcot foot. Neuropathy is a result of damage to peripheral nerves and often causes weakness, numbness and pain in hands and feet. Similarly, PAD is caused by narrowed arteries which reduces blood flow to the limbs. Charcot foot is a deformity that results from nerve damage in the foot or ankle, which may cause injuries to go untreated, leading to the breakdown of joints.
Contact Canyon Vista Medical Center Advanced Wound Care Center® to learn more about diabetic foot ulcers or if you have a wound that will not heal. To schedule an appointment, please call 520.263.3770 or visit https://www.canyonvistamedicalcenter.com/services/advanced-wound-care-center/.
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About Canyon Vista Medical Center Advanced Wound Care Center
The Canyon Vista Medical Center Advanced Wound Care Center® offers you access to state-of-the-art outpatient clinical wound care and hyperbaric medicine. We specialized in advanced wound care, using a variety of clinical treatments, therapies and support services to treat chronic wounds. Our physician-driven, multidisciplinary approach to outpatient wound care has a superior success rate in facilitating the healing process. Hours are Monday through Friday 8am – 4:00pm.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage nearly 800 Wound Care Centers® in the nation and saw approximately 285,000 new patients in 2015 through a connected network of partner hospitals and Wound Care Centers, academic medical centers, and other post‐acute sites. Healogics utilizes an evidence‐based systematic approach to chronic wound healing to treat an underserved and growing patient population. A fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private investment firm, is the majority shareholder of Healogics. For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.