Diabetes and diabetic foot

Diabetic foot ulcers are the most common chronic wounds in western and industrialized countries.

The triggering event usually corresponds to a minor trauma, often caused by the shoe itself. The absence of painful perception, due to peripheral diabetic neuropathy, together with vascular deficits, leads to ulceration. The same causes are responsible for the worsening of the lesion and its chronicity.

  • Skin ulcers
  • Reduction of skin and muscle masses
  • Callosity in the foot
  • Sore legs
  • Tired, heavy legs
  • Alteration of limb sensitivity
  • Dry skin
  • Cold feet
  • Swelling of the limbs
  • Redness or change of color to the skin
  • Difficulty walking

According to the International Diabetes Federation, International Diabetes Federation, 246 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, a number destined to grow to reach almost 400 million by 2025, 7.1% of the adult population. In Europe alone there are more than 50 million people with diabetes. The risk of a person suffering from diabetes from developing a foot ulcer during their lifetime is 25%. 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, somewhere in the world. The global prevalence of the diabetic foot is estimated to reach 250 million by 2025. Every year the world health expenditure for treatments and events related to the diabetic foot is between 4 and 13.7 billion dollars.

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