Foot wounds and ulcers are serious matters, and can quickly escalate into situations that literally threaten life and limb. David Jenson, DPM, of Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialists in The Woodlands, Texas & Houston, Texas, and Shenandoah, Texas, considers wound care an area of specialty, and offers unparalleled care for all types of foot wounds. Don’t wait until a wound or ulcer becomes a health emergency; take a proactive approach and schedule a visit with Dr. Jenson online or by phone at the first sign of delayed healing.
Diabetes takes a toll on your body, and two of the most dangerous outcomes are a lack of sensation in your feet and poor circulation. If you have diabetes, that means you could not only break the skin on your foot and not notice, but your body may not be able to launch a full healing response.
That’s a dangerous combination that can increase your risk of infection, gangrene, and amputation. If you have diabetes, establishing a solid daily routine of cleaning and examining your feet is a critical part of your overall health.
Treatment focuses on preventing infection and promoting healing. Dr. Jenson evaluates your foot ulcer and determines if dead skin and damaged tissue needs to be removed, a process called debridement.
You’ll likely need to keep weight and pressure off the area for a period of time, which may require wearing a special brace, boot, or crutches. You must take steps to keep the wound clean and properly bandaged as the healing process moves forward. Dr. Jenson will advise you on the need for topical medications or antibiotics.
An amniotic membrane allograft is a surgical graft of a portion of a human donor placenta onto a wound. The process has been used since the early 20th century to promote optimal healing in burn care, spinal surgery, dentistry, and ophthalmology procedures.
The human placenta contains a membranous sac filled with biologically active cells, proteins, growth factors, and other regenerative molecules. Grafting a portion of this thin membrane onto wounds can promote faster healing.
The grafted amniotic membrane also reduces inflammation, provides antibacterial benefits, and reduces the volume of scar tissue. The structure of the membrane gives the wound a scaffold upon which cells can grow.
Dr. Jenson has had a great deal of success using amniotic membrane allografts to treat various types of foot wounds. Dramatic improvements are often apparent within two to three weeks.
Vacuum-assisted wound closure, also known as wound VAC, is a type of therapy that lowers the air pressure over a wound. This approach is a good option for chronic wounds that won’t heal on their own, even over a lengthy period of time.
Dr. Jenson begins by placing a piece of foam or gauze over the wound to protect it. Next, a layer of adhesive film seals that dressing in place. A small drainage tube extends from under the film, and is connected to a medical vacuum pump.
When the pump is activated, it removes the air pressure in the area above the wound. That suction can occur in cycles or on a consistent basis. You’ll keep the pump with you for a few days so the air pressure remains stable while the wound heals. It’s important to change the dressing over the wound as directed.
To learn more about Dr. Jenson’s approach to wound care, book an appointment online or by phone.