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Global growth in chronic wounds

The rising prevalence of diabetes and a growing elderly population has led to an increase in chronic wounds, which is has in turn led to greater use of compression therapy.

Diabetes is a leading cause of non-healing wounds such as foot ulcers, which can become infected, leading to progressive tissue loss. Ulcers can take a significant time to heal, often causing severe emotional and physical distress, and placing a huge financial burden on the healthcare system.

A new report by business intelligence company GlobalData found a rising awareness and growing incidence of venous disease, stemming from an increase in the elderly population, and obese and diabetic patients. The report forecasts a 5% increase year on year in spending on compression products as diabetes numbers increase. 

The report highlighted a growing area was the use of compression therapy products as a preventive measure, such as the use of special shoes to protect against diabetic foot ulcers.

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