Advanced Care Options Are Available
Depending on the severity of your wound and what kind of treatment protocol you require, we may perform wound care at our office, or at the local wound care center where Dr. Tenenboym is on staff.
Some of the advanced treatment options we have at our disposal include:
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This advanced therapy may be recommended for wounds that have been especially slow to heal. While in the therapy chamber, air pressure is increased so that your lungs can take in a greater amount of oxygen. That oxygen can then be carried by your blood to the wound site, which helps accelerate the healing process.
- Advanced biologics and stem cells. We may use advanced wound coverings and grafts made from donated amniotic or placental tissue, or other biological sources. These regenerative products not only provide an effective barrier from external infections, but also help accelerate the body’s own natural wound healing processes and reduce pain and scarring (among other benefits).
- Total contact casting. Total contact casts closely follow the natural shape and contours of your feet and legs, and consist of a shell made of plaster or fiberglass with a bar on the bottom, and a thin layer of soft foam directly under the ulcer. This setup encourages faster wound healing by keeping as much weight as possible off the wound and distributing weight across your entire sole.
- Multi-layer compression wraps and stockings. Multi-layer compression wraps are applied to help control swelling in your feet and legs, and prevent wounds from worsening or returning. Each layer has a function. The first protects the skin and keeps you comfortable. The second creates a smooth “gradient” of compression (less pressure higher up the leg) which makes it easier for blood to flow back up the leg. A final layer helps to augment the “pumping” action of the calf muscles to further assist blood return.
When it comes to caring for your lower extremity wound, please trust your feet to Precision Foot and Ankle. We understand how dangerous these ulcers can be—which is why we have invested so much in making sure we have the most advanced training and technology available to help you.
To schedule an appointment with us at our office in Pinellas Park, please call (727) 399-7167 today.
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When To See Your Podiatrist
You should see your podiatrist if you continue to experience pain and redness or if your symptoms worsen. Your podiatrist will perform a minor procedure to remove the offending nail border and improve your pain. The procedure will likely be performed with local anesthesia to make you comfortable. They may also prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection if needed. Most people experience minimal pain after the procedure and can resume normal activity the next day.
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