This wound powder is especially promising for the nearly 24 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetic foot ulcers are the leading cause of non-traumatic, lower-limb amputations in the United States. In a recent APMA survey, 18 percent of people with diabetes reported that they have experienced a foot sore that would not heal. This powder’s successful treatment of difficult foot wounds could potentially lead to a reduction in amputation rates.
This new powder aggregates, or comes together, in an amazing flexible film that mimics the wound's surface and helps it to retain moisture and protect the wound, but still allows the right amount of air flow needed for the wound to close," said Tracey Vlahovic, DPM, the lead podiatric physician for the study and Associate Professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. The study focused on atypical wounds with irregular shapes and causes. The wounds were treated with the powder dressing once a week, for four to eight weeks. The study ultimately showed that the powder dressing provided a painless, efficient, and protective treatment that assisted in closing the wound. The powder also helped in preparing the wound for further interventions that are sometimes needed, including options like skin grafts or the use of sutures. "My colleagues and I are excited to continue working with this new wound powder product and look forward to its future uses in treating notoriously difficult types of foot wounds we regularly encounter," added Vlahovic.
Dr. Tina A. Boucher, DPM
Podiatrist in Meriden CT
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