Remember that your diabetic foot sore (or diabetic foot ulcer) will not heal overnight. But it is important that you do all you can to make sure your diabetic foot sore heals properly. That is because a diabetic foot sore that doesn’t heal can lead to further complications such as infection, hospitalization, or amputation.
Your first step in healing a diabetic foot sore is practicing good wound care. Partner with your doctor or wound care specialist to treat your diabetic foot sore in its early stages.
Good wound care involves:
Your doctor will remove any dead tissue around the sore, because unhealthy tissue prevents healing.
Antibiotics may be prescribed to help fight infection.
Pressure is taken off the sore with a special boot, crutches, cast, or therapeutic footwear to give the sore a chance to heal.
When good wound care isn’t enough
Even when you and your doctor properly care for a diabetic foot sore, it still may not heal. If your doctor is not happy with the healing of your wound, another treatment regimen will be considered. At this time, your doctor may prescribe treatment with REGRANEX Gel.
Tips to stay on track
A diabetic foot sore does not heal overnight. That is why it is very important to stay on track with treatment.
Ask for help.
Decide who is going to apply REGRANEX Gel to your sore (you or a home caregiver). Then, get everyone in your household on board with your treatment plan so they can remind you when it’s time to apply.
Set an alarm.
Your alarm clock can be a powerful reminder for when it’s time for dressing changes.
Make a note.
Write “REGRANEX Gel pm/am” on a sticky note and attach it to your refrigerator.
If you have a cell phone, you can download an app and text messaging service to help you remember when to apply REGRANEX Gel. Popular apps include MediSafe, RxmindMe™, and MedCoach™.
Use a calendar.
Keep track of your application schedule by marking the days you apply REGRANEX Gel on a calendar. You can find one in the “Tools” section of this website.
Diabetes and foot wound problems
The effects of diabetes can slow wound healing anywhere on the body. Small cuts and blisters can easily develop into deep sores.
Learn about diabetic foot sores
Preventing diabetic foot sores
Prevention is the key to keeping healthy feet and reducing the likelihood of diabetic foot ulcers.
Learn about prevention
Important Safety Information
People who use 3 or more tubes of REGRANEX (becaplermin) Gel may have an increased risk of death from cancer.
- You should talk with your healthcare provider about the possible benefits and risks to you if you use more than 3 tubes of REGRANEX Gel
- If you already have cancer, you and your healthcare provider should carefully consider whether you will use REGRANEX Gel
REGRANEX Gel is a man-made protein medicine that is used with other ulcer care practices (such as good wound care) to treat diabetic sores (ulcers) of your legs or feet that are deeper than just your skin, in people who have good blood supply to the legs.
- It is not known if REGRANEX Gel is effective for the treatment of pressure ulcers or ulcers that are due to poor blood flow (circulation)
- It is not known if REGRANEX Gel is safe and effective in children under 16 years of age
Do not use REGRANEX Gel if you have a skin tumor at the area where you apply the product.
Before you use REGRANEX Gel, tell your healthcare provider if you:
- Have cancer
- Have poor blood flow to your legs and feet
- Have allergies to any of the ingredients in REGRANEX Gel. See the Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients
- Have any other medical conditions
- Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if REGRANEX Gel will harm your unborn baby
- Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if REGRANEX Gel passes into your breast milk
- Take any medicines (including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements). Especially tell your healthcare provider if you apply other medicines to diabetic ulcers of your legs or feet
If you decide to use REGRANEX Gel, use the product exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it. This includes following your healthcare provider's instructions about not putting weight on the affected leg and foot (non-weight bearing).
- REGRANEX Gel is for use on skin ulcers only. Do not use REGRANEX Gel in your mouth, eyes, or vagina
- See the Medication Guide for more information REGRANEX Gel may cause serious side effects
- People who use 3 or more tubes of REGRANEX Gel may have an increased risk of death from cancer
Common side effects of REGRANEX Gel include:
— Red skin rash
— Burning at the application site
- Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of REGRANEX Gel. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch or at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Smith & Nephew at 1-800-441-8227
Keep REGRANEX Gel and all medicines out of the reach of children. Do not use REGRANEX Gel for a condition for which it was not prescribed.
Do not give REGRANEX Gel to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
Read the Medication Guide before you start using REGRANEX Gel and each time you get a refill. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.