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Foot ulcers can be one of the most painful and challenging symptoms for those with diabetes. Not only are diabetic foot ulcers difficult to treat, they can lead to severe health complications—including infected tissue and serious foot conditions that may require amputation.

What are diabetic foot ulcers?

A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore that doesn’t heal properly or keeps returning. The ulcer may start on one small area of the foot, like a toe or pressure point, but can spread over time—especially if the patient isn’t following proper foot care practices. While a small foot ulcer may be treated with at-home solutions, more severe ulcers, or those that cover the entire foot, may require one or more nonsurgical or surgical treatments.

Diabetic foot ulcers are a particularly dangerous type of wound because they heal slowly and can become severely infected. Slow-healing foot ulcers are the most common cause of non-traumatic lower-extremity amputations—a serious surgical procedure many people with diabetes undergo when their foot ulcer begins to threaten their health. At or above-the-ankle leg amputations have an 80% higher mortality rate than minor amputations, and a median survival rate of just under two years. That’s why identifying and properly treating diabetic foot ulcers can be the difference between a healthy patient and critical complications.

These common factors can lead to a higher risk of foot ulcer development

Diabetic foot ulcers are caused—and worsened—by factors like:

  • Decreased sensation in the foot
  • Impaired circulation
  • Foot deformity
  • Irritation from friction or pressure
  • Foot injury
  • Dead skin
  • Unmanaged diabetes

Older men are more likely to develop foot ulcers, especially if they don’t wear shoes that provide proper support and protection. To walk barefoot or on rough surfaces also increases the risk of developing a foot ulcer.

Factors like immobility, surgery with a lengthy recovery time, low body weight, restricted blood flow, poor nutrition, and smoking can further complicate the healing process, making it more difficult to treat foot ulcer symptoms.

Effective wound care management and tight control of blood glucose levels are key to successfully healing and minimizing the complications of diabetic foot ulcers. Good habits like maintaining an active lifestyle, focusing on a healthy diet, wearing appropriate shoes and socks, cleansing your feet with mild soap, and addressing ulcers at the first sign of damaged skin can also help prevent more serious complications.

How Dakin’s can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers

Dakin’s Solution is a sodium hypochlorite-based wound care formula that can be used on a variety of skin abrasions, injuries, burns, and ulcer wounds. The solution, which comes in four concentrations, kills at least 99.99999% of antibiotic-resistant MRSA, VRE, and infection-causing microorganisms in just 30 seconds of contact.

In one study of the efficacy of Dakin’s Full Strength and Dakin’s Half-Strength formulations, 24 patients with severe necrotising diabetic foot ulcer infections were treated with a direct instillation of Dakin’s Solution. Not only did the instillation achieve a favorable outcome in infection control, it improved limb salvage. 

Of the 24 patients with severe foot ulcer infections, only one required a major amputation. Twelve months later, only 12% of patients had experienced a foot ulcer recurrence, which led the authors to conclude, “Dakin’s solution led to a clinically meaningful improvement. No remarkable impairment in the wound‐healing process was observed.”

Dakin’s Solution destroys bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungi—infection-causing microorganisms that slow foot ulcer healing

Dakin’s Solution is a valuable tool worth considering for the treatment of complex foot ulcers without damaging the surrounding skin.

As stated in our instructions for use, Dakin’s wound care solution can be used to:

  • Cleanse the ulcer area
  • Debride and remove the dead tissue from acute and chronic ulcers
  • Minimize the risk of infection by mechanically removing dead, devitalized tissue, and foreign materials from the wound—the leading cause of infections
  • Promote healing when used as a wet-to-moist wound dressing and applied to the wound daily or twice daily

Where to find Dakin’s Solution

Dakin’s Solution is available over-the-counter at major pharmacies, or online through our store or Medical Monks, making it easily accessible for individuals seeking an effective wound care treatment option for diabetic foot ulcer healing and infection prevention. Medical professionals can also order a free sample of Dakin’s Solution here to experience this proven formulation for yourself.

The best way to treat foot ulcer symptoms? Prevent them.

A diabetic foot ulcer can be a painful, complex, and slow-healing wound for individuals with diabetes. But there are a variety of surgical and nonsurgical treatments available that can reduce your risk of developing a serious infection—or prevent the ulcer from forming in the first place.

Always follow your doctor’s wound care advice and communicate frequently as your wound heals and progresses. And at the first sign of injury or infection, reach for Dakin’s Solution.

To order Dakin’s for your patients or yourself:

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