Wounds can develop anywhere on the body, but diabetics are most vulnerable to cuts, scrapes, and sores on their lower extremities. Given that diabetic foot problems are the most common cause of hospitalization among diabetic patients, proper treatment is essential to long-term health.
COMMON DIABETIC COMPLICATIONS
Diabetic ulcers are the primary cause of amputations of the foot and lower leg. The ulcers are usually located on the bottom of the foot and begin as a callus, which the patient may not feel because of diabetic nerve damage (neuropathy).
When the callus thickens into the surrounding tissue it forms a deep bruise, which causes tissues to break down. Eventually an ulcer appears and can become infected. Small, unnoticed cuts and punctures can also lead to diabetic ulcers.
Reduced pain sensation caused by neuropathy and poor circulation in the extremities (a common diabetic complication) keeps the ulcer from healing.
WHAT HAPPENS IF DIABETIC WOUNDS GO UNTREATED?
Unfortunately, your diabetic wound won’t simply disappear if you ignore it. If untreated, a diabetic ulcer can lead to life- and limb-threatening infection. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for these serious wounds.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR DIABETIC COMPLICATIONS
At R3 Healing, our wound care specialists offer proven methods of evaluation and treatment for severe diabetic complications, including:
- Active debridement
- Skin grafts
- Bioengineered skin
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
- Incision and drainage
- Total contact casting
- Transcutaneous Oximetry (TCOM)
- Unna’s Boot
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY FOR DIABETIC WOUNDS
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the ultimate treatment for diabetic wounds. This safe and natural alternative therapy uses the power of pressurized oxygen to stimulate your body’s innate healing process and address the different ways that diabetes automatically suppresses your immune system.
During an HBOT treatment, you lay comfortably in a special hyperbaric chamber and simply inhale concentrated oxygen. As this oxygen flows through your body, it dissolves directly into all of your body’s fluids and permeates areas where circulation is reduced or blocked.
Contact us today to learn more about the best diabetic wound care treatment options.