Clinical research trials help medical professionals develop new, cutting-edge treatments for a wide array of problems, including diabetic wounds and bunions. The expert podiatrists at Bay Area Foot Care regularly conduct clinical research trials at the Center for Clinical Research. Bay Area Foot Care has locations in San Rafael, Concord, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Carmichael, Sacramento, and San Leandro, California, as well as in the neighborhoods of Lower Pacific Heights, Inner Richmond, NoPa, and the Mission District in San Francisco. To see if you’re a candidate to participate in a trial, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.
Clinical research trials are a type of medical research that involves the observation and treatment of real-life patients. There are two main types of clinical research trials: observational studies and clinical trials.
The goal of a clinical trial is to evaluate certain medical, surgical, or behavioral interventions and to determine their effectiveness. For example, doctors regularly use clinical trials to determine if new prescription medications or orthotic devices work as intended.
The FDA approves all clinical trials before they begin. If animal testing and laboratory research, for example, suggest positive results, the FDA approves the product or medication for human testing.
There are a variety of reasons to participate in a clinical research trial. For example, if you’ve tried various methods of care to relieve the symptoms of a bunion or diabetic wound, without much luck, a trial presents a new opportunity to address your problem.
Other people participate in clinical research trials because it allows them to play a more active role in their health care. Even healthy individuals participate in clinical research trials.
For example, if a certain condition runs in your family, a clinical research trial presents an opportunity to learn more about it and may even help you better prepare for treatment in the future.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for a clinical research trial, Bay Area Foot Care performs a series of cognitive and physical screening tests. The trial sets specific criteria for inclusion. This may include:
Your supplements or prescription medications also need review, as they might interfere with the study.
Clinical trials are constantly starting and stopping. During a consultation, your provider at Bay Area Foot Care can tell you which clinical research trials you may qualify for, such as:
If you’re interested in participating in clinical research trials, contact Bay Area Foot Care today. Call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool to begin.