Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU)

Spark WaveTM Therapy – an innovative therapy solution for diabetic foot ulcers

There are approximately 10 million people suffering from diabetes mellitus in Germany.  Approximately 15% of them are diagnosed with diabetic foot ulcers at least once in their life which results in about 50’000 amputations per annum. Further 230’000 new diabetic foot ulcer patients are recorded in Germany each year.

What are diabetic foot ulcers and how do they develop?

Diabetic foot ulcers represent a major complication of diabetes mellitus. They result from a raised level of blood sugar that occurs in consequence of a long-term lack of insulin. In the long term a raised blood sugar content however results in damage of foot nerves and blood vessels. In turn damaged foot nerves retard the perception of painful stimulus on the feet; minor injuries are often recognized too late. Lesions become infected, heal badly or do not heal at all due to the disturbed blood circulation. In the worst case tissue dies and the affected limb needs to be amputated. As diabetic foot ulcers often concern the elderly, aging western nations such as Germany urgently require a long-term successful therapy possibility to avoid rising amputation figures in the future.

Spark WaveTM Therapy – an innovative therapy solution for DFU

Lately Spark WaveTM technology has been introduced for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers with encouraging results. Research has proven that “… shock waves have a significant positive effect in accelerating chronic wound healing”.  Although the complete mechanism of the action of Spark WavesTM has not yet been identified, the physical Spark WaveTM energy is thought to induce tissue regeneration. Several authors have demonstrated that Spark WavesTM lead to biological responses at cellular level including

  • the release of angiogenic growth factors known to play a major role in wound healing associated with neovascularisation,
  • improved blood supply,
  • cell proliferation and
  • a significant bactericidal effect.

Together all factors initiate the repair of chronically inflamed tissue by tissue regeneration which results in a long-term healing process.

How to use Spark WaveTM technology in diabetic foot ulcer therapy?

The Spark WaveTM therapy is a non-invasive treatment, well tolerated by patients, easy to apply on an outpatient basis and does not require any anaesthesia. Before the application of Spark WavesTM onto the affected area, sterile ultrasound gel is applied directly on the wound and covered with a sterile foil. On that foil further ultrasound gel is applied, the applicator is put on top and the spark waves are released whilst moving the applicator over the affected skin area. The number of Spark WavesTM applied, depends on type and size of the wound.

Treatment duration & number of treatments

The treatment session lasts only a few minutes and is repeated weekly / every two weeks as long as necessary.