Diabetes describes a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both.
Worldwide there are over 400 million people with diabetes. Diabetes disrupts the vascular system, affecting many areas of the body such as the eyes, kidneys, legs, and feet. Diabetes often leads to peripheral vascular disease that inhibits a person's blood circulation. With this condition, there is a narrowing of the arteries that frequently leads to significantly decreased circulation in the lower part of the legs and the feet. Poor circulation contributes to diabetic foot problems by reducing the amount of oxygen and nutrition supplied to the skin and other tissue, causing injuries to heal poorly. Preventing foot complications is more critical for the diabetic patient because poor circulation impairs the healing process and can lead to ulcers, infection, and other serious foot conditions.
There are three STL files available for download and 3D bioprinting. One STL file for bioprinting the foot, one for the soft tissue and the third STL file is for the ischemic foot ulcer. All three files have been zipped to reduce file size. You will need to unzip the files once you have downloaded them.These files are distributed under the Creative Commons license Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs. Please respect the terms of the licensing agreement.
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