How Oxygen Therapy Helps Treat Diabetic Foot

How Oxygen Therapy Helps Treat Diabetic Foot

Diabetes is a disease that has increased dramatically in recent decades, constituting one of the world’s greatest health problems. According to the World Health Organization, around 420 million people worldwide have diabetes. In Spain, about 1,000 people are diagnosed every day, which means about 400,000 a year, according to data provided by the scientific director of the Center for Biomedical Research Network of Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Diseases (Ciberdem), Eduard Montanya.

One of the main consequences that we find with this disease is the so-called Diabetic Foot.

Diabetic foot is defined as any infection, ulcer or destruction of the tissues of the foot associated with diabetes.

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Treat Diabetic Foot with Hyperbaric Chamber

Oxygen therapy is one of the most effective non-invasive methods for treating diabetic foot because it accelerates wound healing after debridement, as well as reducing the likelihood of greater amputation of extremities in patients with infected diabetic foot by performing this therapy in conjunction with the conventional treatment indicated by your physician.

Thanks to a study, “Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen to Treat Diabetic Foot Ulcers” from 2002, it was shown that the average recovery rate of diabetic foot ulcers treated in the hyperbaric chamber is 89 percent, compared to 61 percent when only conventional treatments are used.

Effects of oxygen therapy to treat Diabetic Foot

The effects that hyperbaric medicine has in the treatment of diabetic foot are:

  • It favors the synthesis of collagen to generate new tissue in the wound.
  • It improves blood sugar levels by stimulating pancreas function and decreasing insulin resistance.
  • Reduces edema by increasing blood flow to the affected site.
  • Accelerates recovery processes by increasing the amount of dissolved oxygen in tissues.

When a patient is admitted with a diabetic foot picture and treatment with hyperbaric oxygenation is indicated in a short term presents improvements in the response to infections, the coloration of the foot changes, daily and sports activities that were suspended are resumed and faster healing of wounds is achieved. Some patients even begin to experience pain in the toes, a sensation they had lost since experiencing the injury.

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