Most wounds on your feet heal quickly and naturally, but the consequences can be serious when you have a wound that just won’t go away. Diabetic wounds, ulcers, and other serious foot wounds that won’t heal can have long-term consequences.
If you have a foot wound or ulcer that isn’t healing, cutting-edge treatments can help it heal far more quickly than traditional interventions. Understand from board-certified podiatrist Thomas Rambacher, DPM, FACFAS, FAPWCA, of Podiatry Hotline Foot & Ankle in Mission Viejo, California, the new techniques that heal your wound in a fraction of the time.
Why won’t a wound heal?
Wounds that are slow to heal are usually foot ulcers that form in people who have diabetes. Diabetes can reduce the sensitivity in your feet, making it harder to notice when you develop pressure sores or wounds.
In addition, people with diabetes have reduced circulation in their feet. Decreased circulation means less blood flows to your feet, meaning it takes longer to heal significant wounds.
Without the correct treatment, diabetic wounds and ulcers can be dangerous. In the worst cases, they can lead to generalized infections, gangrene, and even foot amputation.
Healing a wound quickly
Dr. Rambacher is a leading expert in the area of wound care and specializes in the prompt treatment of diabetic ulcers. With his revolutionary approaches, you can expect your foot to heal significantly more quickly than through other methods.
If you have a stubborn ulcer or wound that isn’t healing, Dr. Rambacher often uses a combination of these approaches to promote rapid healing.
Diabetic ulcers require careful choosing of dressings to help your wound heal more quickly. Dr. Rambacher carefully evaluates the type of wound you have and its location before recommending the best wound dressing.
When recommending the dressing, Dr. Rambacher shows you how to change the dressing and how often to change it.
During healing, your wound is at risk of becoming infected. To reduce your risk, Dr. Rambacher shows you how and how often to apply antimicrobials, accelerating the healing process and reducing the risk of infection.
In addition to medication, Dr. Rambacher often performs a debridement procedure, making it less likely you’ll develop an infection. In this in-office procedure, he removes dead skin and tissues from your wound.
Reducing pressure on the wound
Diabetic wounds often come from significant pressure on the foot, either the sole of the foot or an area that rubs against your shoes. Taking pressure off the wound helps it resolve faster.
There are several different ways Dr. Rambacher can relieve pressure on your wound. These can include using walkers, crutches, walking boots, casts, and custom orthotics.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment that involves administering pure oxygen in an airtight area to your diabetic wounds. HBOT can help reduce the size of your diabetic wound, helping it heal more quickly and reducing the risk of infection.
Regenerative medicine is a revolutionary form of treatment that harnesses your body’s own healing abilities to heal wounds more quickly. Treatments include platelet-rich plasma (PRP), exosome therapy, and amniotic cell injections.
All these treatments increase blood flow and bring new, healthy blood cells into the area near the wound, helping heal it more quickly and encouraging your body to regenerate cells, promoting additional healing.
Other forms of regenerative medicine also involve using electrical pulses, lasers, or ultrasounds techniques to heal the wound. All of these treatments are noninvasive, safe, and performed outpatient.
As the advanced techniques for wound healing continue to grow, Dr. Rambacher keeps adding procedures to his toolbox that rapidly heal your wound. If you have a diabetic ulcer or wound that’s not going away, contact us to schedule your consultation today.