Interfyl is a recently developed biological that is allogenic, decellularized partical human tissue derived form the amnionic tissue of a placenta. Interfyl can be injected to help repair damaged tissue without the inflammatory phase of healing resulting in less discomfort and swelling follwing the procedure. It can be used to relieve symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and post surgery swelling and pain. The particals that are derived form the amnionic tissue can be formed into a sheet to help heal tendons, bones and ulcers. In the sheet form it is called Biovance. Visit Alliqua.com for more information.
Shoes for diabetic patients are made of special protective inserts and soft shoe materials to accommodate for conditions such as neuropathy (numb feet), poor circulation, and foot deformities (bunions, hammertoes, etc.). The shoes decrease the chance of foot sores (ulcers) which can be caused by friction and pressure. This may lead to infection, gangrene, or even amputation.
The foot and ankle surgeon may measure the diabetic patient's foot and have the shoes made at a specialty laboratory. In some cases he/she will give the patient a prescription to have the shoes custom-made.
For more information on how diabetes affects your feet, listen to the Diabetes and Your Feet podcast or read more at Diabetic Complications and Amputation Prevention, Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Diabetic Foot Care Guidelines.