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.