Diabetic Wound Care
Foot ulcers are an exceeding common complication of diabetes—and unfortunately, one of the most dangerous. Due to slow circulation, cuts and injuries to the feet may linger for days and weeks rather than heal properly. This gives them time to fester and develop an infection. Without immediate and aggressive efforts to heal a foot wound, it may even end up forcing an amputation.
At the Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada, we take wound care extremely seriously. Diabetic wounds that are not treated properly can do permanent, lasting damage to your quality of life. We do everything in our power to keep your feet healthy and functional over the long term, which is why we offer comprehensive wound care services with advanced treatment options that can cut normal healing times in half (or more).
Wound Care Procedures
With any diabetic ulcer, the main goals are to prevent or eliminate any infections and heal the wound as quickly as possible. The faster you eliminate the ulcer, the less likely complications will emerge.
Basic protocols typically involve the following components:
- Cleaning the wound of any dead skin, foreign debris, or other obstructions
- Applying any medicines or dressings necessary
- Bandaging the wound to protect it
- Offloading the wound (crutches, wheelchair, etc.) so that you don’t put any weight on it
During the healing process, you may have to change your bandages periodically. We’ll either perform this for you at our office, or make sure you and/or your care provider has been properly instructed on when and how to change your dressings.
Preventing Foot Ulcers
Maybe you’ve never had a foot ulcer before. Maybe you’ve struggled with them for years. Either way, if you have diabetes, neuropathy, or slow circulation, you should take steps to prevent foot ulcers from forming or getting worse.
- Examine your feet every day for cuts, scrapes, bruises, bumps, temperature fluctuations—anything out of the ordinary. If you notice something out of the ordinary, schedule an appointment as soon as you can. Don’t wait for the problem to spin out of control!
- Manage your disease by checking and regulating your sugar levels regularly, eating a healthy diet, and exercising.
- Wear appropriate footwear (including diabetic socks, diabetic shoes, and/or custom orthotics) at all times, both indoors and out.
- Avoid excessive alcohol intake.
- If you’re a smoker, quit.
- Visit a podiatrist regularly for scheduled preventative screenings and diabetic foot checkups and maintenance care. For those with a diabetes diagnosis but no history of ulcers or other foot problems, we recommend checkups a minimum of once per year. Others may need more frequent visits based on their history and risk factors.
Whether you are currently struggling with an ulcer that won’t heal, or you’ve only just noticed the early warning signs, or it’s just time for your regular checkup, please call the Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada today at (702) 878-2455. Due to the serious nature of diabetic wounds, we will make every effort to schedule you as early as possible.
In addition to the standard protocols, our office utilizes cutting-edge treatments that significantly improve and accelerate the healing process. This means you get back on your feet faster, and you’re less likely to contract dangerous infections.
- Stem cell rich injections. Unlike cortisone shots (which dull pain but do nothing to cure you), injections of stem cell rich amniotic material both reduce inflammation and—more importantly—accelerates cellular regeneration. As a result, difficult wounds can heal much faster. This therapy does not use any embryotic or fetal tissue; all stem cell rich material is freely donated after healthy births.
- Laser treatment. Laser is often combined with stem cell therapy to help wounds heal even faster. The technology uses light energy to stimulate cellular functions such as metabolism, tissue repair, and blood vessel formation. Stem cell and laser therapy combined can cut wound healing time by more than 50%.
7135 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 201
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Phone: (702) 878-2455
Fax: (702) 878-4875
Saint Rose Office
3175 St. Rose Pkwy., Suite 320
Henderson, NV 89052
Phone: (702) 878-2455
Fax: (702) 878-4875