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A Review on Methods of Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcer

  • Chandana Belly
  • Sai Poojitha Bonula
  • Usha Rani KandukuriEmail author
  • Harish Kuchulakanti
Conference paper
Part of the Learning and Analytics in Intelligent Systems book series (LAIS, volume 3)

Abstract

Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) is a major complication in people suffering from diabetes mellitus. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, in which the normal rate of healing decreases. As a result, DFU may take a longer time to heal only when proper wound care is taken. Improper management of DFU may lead to several other complications like infections, amputation of the patient’s foot or sometimes even death of the patient. Several methods such as Pressure off-loading techniques, Wound debridement, Skin grafting, Antibiotic therapy, Negative pressure wound Therapy (NPWT), Hyper-Baric oxygen therapy (HBOT) were developed to enhance the impaired healing mechanism in diabetic patients but various factors like patient’s physical characteristics, size, shape and stage of the wound influence the effectiveness of these methods. Electrical Stimulation (ES), on the other hand, seems to give better results compared to other methods. Electrical Stimulation improves blood flow and promotes cell growth which in turn enhances wound healing. ES when applied together with local or global heat, healing can be achieved at a higher rate.

Keywords

Diabetic Foot Ulcer Electrical Stimulation Wound healing High voltage pulsed current 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chandana Belly
    • 1
  • Sai Poojitha Bonula
    • 1
  • Usha Rani Kandukuri
    • 1
    Email author
  • Harish Kuchulakanti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BME, University College of Engineering (A)Osmania UniversityHyderabadIndia

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