Diabetic foot. Vector illustration.

Diabetic Foot ulcers are the most prevalent and common chronic wounds in Western and industrialised countries.

The triggering event usually corresponds to a minor injury, often caused by one’s own shoe. The absence of pain perception, due to diabetic peripheral neuropathy, together with vascular deficiencies, leads to ulceration. The same causes are responsible for the worsening of the injury and its chronic state.

  • Skin ulcers
  • Reduction of skin and muscle mass
  • Foot calluses
  • Leg pain
  • Tired and heavy legs
  • Abnormal sensation in the limbs
  • Dry skin
  • Cold feet
  • Swelling of the limbs
  • Skin redness or changes in colour
  • Difficulty in walking

According to the International Diabetes Federation, 246 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, a number expected to grow to reach nearly 400 million by 2025, i.e. 7.1% of the adult population. In Europe alone there are over 50 million people with diabetes. There is a 25% risk for a person suffering from diabetes of developing a foot ulcer during is or her lifetime Every year, over 1 million people with diabetes lose a leg as a result of their condition. This means that every 30 seconds a lower limb is amputated due to diabetes in some part of the world. The global prevalence of Diabetic Foot is estimated to reach 250 million by 2025. Each year, world healthcare expenditure for treatments and events related to Diabetic Foot is between 4 and 13.7 billion dollars.