Research on ShearBan® for Preventing and Treating Diabetic Foot Ulcers

We are engaged in some exciting projects here at Tamarack involving ways to use ShearBan® to prevent and treat diabetic foot ulcers. We have received numerous reports over the years about the effectiveness of ShearBan® in preventing and treating diabetic foot ulcers. Now we are seeking evidence-based research. First, we have been working with the world renowned Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic will use a sophisticated gait simulator and shod cadaver feet to study how ShearBan® can reduce friction and shear. Ultimately, the Cleveland Clinic will test whether ShearBan® applied to footwear can reduce friction and shear and thereby protect the skin integrity of cadaver feet. Second, we have been monitoring independent research being conducted by the National Hansen’s Disease Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In this research at the Center, care providers are trying to determine whether use of ShearBan® can reduce callus formation. Reducing callus formation can be helpful because, as the American Diabetes Association states, “Calluses, if not trimmed, get very thick, break down, and turn into ulcers.” We will keep you posted as the research progresses.

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