Podiatrists to pedal 135 miles to raise awareness of diabetic amputations

Podiatry clinicians from NHS Solent Trust will be joining leading tissue regeneration company Derma Sciences to use their pedal power to raise awareness of diabetic amputations.

Starting in the New Forest on Sunday 25 October, the six men will set out to cover 135 miles over two days to highlight the shocking statistic that across England there are 135 diabetes related amputations per week of which 80% of these are preventable.

L-R Mark Allatt and Rob Yates

L-R Mark Allatt and Rob Yates

The partnership comes after Graham Bowen, Head of Podiatry at NHS Solent Trust worked with Mark Allatt, Sales and Marketing Manager from Derma Sciences, to treat a number of type two diabetic patients with a foot ulcers with a pioneering new technology called the TCC-EZ – a Total Contact Casting system. Total Contact Casting is considered the gold standard of care for off-loading diabetic foot ulcers. The positive impact of this technology was clear in the case of Mr Hutchinson from Havant, who was fully healed within 12 weeks after using the product after suffering with the condition for a number of years. This type of treatment offers hope to many foot ulcer patients and also helps to save the NHS significant costs.

Riding alongside Graham and Mark will be Tom Delpierre, Stuart Metcalfe and Mayank Patel, from NHS Solent Trust and Rob Yates from Diabetic Foot Journal, who are also kindly sponsoring the bike ride.

Graham Bowen, Head of Podiatry at NHS Solent Trust, said: “Having worked previously with Derma Sciences to offer a new alternative to diabetic foot ulcer patients in Solent, I suggested to Mark the bike ride would be an ideal way to raise awareness and help minimise the risk of amputations which is something that dramatically changes lives every day.”

Mark Allatt, Sales and Marketing Manager at Derma Sciences, said: “With a growing number of individuals suffering from foot related issues associated with Diabetes, many patients don’t realise how serious the complications can be if they don’t receive treatment.

“Our main aim from the bike ride is to increase awareness of Diabetic foot ulcers and potential life changing consequences. I am really looking forward to being part of this ride with clinicians who are dedicated to improving patients’ lives.”

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Notes to editor:

Derma Sciences specialise in tissue regeneration and are committed to evolving wound care with research and innovation at the forefront of their products. Part of Derma Sciences product portfolio is TCC-EZ, which has been recognized as the Gold Standard of Care for off-loading diabetic foot ulcers, preventing amputation and providing positive results- healing 90% diabetic foot ulcers in 6 weeks.

You can watch a video about Mr Hutchinson’s journey here: https://youtu.be/oz3S7u1WYNg

For more information on TCC-EZ: http://www.dermasciences.com/tcc-ez

For further information and to arrange a photo opportunity please contact Mark Allatt Sales and Marketing Manager at Derma Sciences on 07707 215351.

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