Foot Ulcers: A underestimated threat
Foot ulcers are a significant health problem in Europe, particularly among people with diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the body's ability to produce or use insulin, which can lead to high blood sugar levels and a variety of health complications. One of the most common complications of diabetes is the development of foot ulcers. These open sores on the feet can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor circulation, nerve damage, and trauma. Foot ulcers can lead to serious infections, gangrene, and even amputation if not treated promptly and properly.
While foot ulcers themselves are not typically fatal, they can lead to serious complications that can be life-threatening. The risk of complications increases if the foot ulcer is not properly treated or if the person with the ulcer has other health conditions, such as diabetes or peripheral arterial disease.
In Europe, the prevalence of diabetes is increasing, which is likely to lead to an increase in the number of people with foot ulcers. According to a study published in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, the prevalence of diabetic foot ulcers in Europe ranges from 2% to 10%, depending on the country. Foot ulcers also impose a significant economic burden on healthcare systems in Europe. The cost of treating foot ulcers can be high, and the long-term costs associated with complications and amputations can be even higher.
To combat this significant challenge, the PHOOTONICS project is developing a data-driven, user-friendly, and patient-oriented medical device concept, that will diagnose diabetic foot ulcers and prevent frequent, costly, and avoidable complications of DFUs. If you need any further information on this topic, please visit: www.phootonics.eu/