Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics
Manjulatha Badam, MD, CWSP, UHM
Hyperbaric Medicine Specialist & Board-Certified Wound Care Specialist located in San Antonio, TX
Diabetic foot care is a treatment for wounds and ulcers on the feet, which can appear without your knowledge due to numbness resulting from neuropathy. At Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics in San Antonio, Texas, Manjulatha Badam, MD, CWSP, UHM, treats diabetic ulcers with total contact casting, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and other advanced methods. To start planning your diabetic foot care plan, call the office or book online today.
Diabetic Foot Care Q & A
What is diabetic foot care?
Diabetic foot care is the maintenance and treatment of your feet when you have diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic metabolic illness that causes glucose (sugar) to build up in your blood.
Possible complications of mismanaged or unmanaged diabetes are foot health issues.
A typical diabetes complication before ulcers and other issues affect your feet is neuropathy, or nerve damage, which causes widespread numbness. Because of this numbness, you can’t feel your feet and may not be aware of a wound or the resulting infection.
Your wound can worsen or become infected and can gradually spread up the leg. In worst-case scenarios, you may need an amputation. Fortunately, diabetic foot care at Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics can treat your wound effectively.
How do I know if I need diabetic foot care?
If you have diabetes, you should find some time to check your feet every single day. Be sure to look for any signs of injuries, no matter how small they are. These include minor cuts, redness, sores, blisters, or skin and nail changes.
You should schedule a diabetic foot care consultation at Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics if you notice or experience:
- Thick, yellow toenails
- Tingling or burning in your feet
- Pain and cramping in your legs
- A change in the color and temperature of your feet
- Fungal infections like athlete’s foot
- A visible foot blister or sore
When you come in for an evaluation, Dr. Badam examines your feet and lower extremities thoroughly. Then, if you have a wound or ulcer, she proceeds with an individualized diabetic foot care plan.
How does diabetic foot care work?
Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics offers plenty of diabetic foot care options, particularly for wounds and ulcers. After evaluating the severity of your diabetic foot complication, Dr. Badam may recommend:
Wound debridement is a service to thoroughly clean your wound and remove any areas of infected or dead tissue. Debridement is an essential step in any diabetic foot care plan.
Total contact casting (TCC)
TCC is a treatment specifically for ulcers. Dr. Badam places a plaster or fiberglass cast around the affected foot and ankle. There’s an area of soft foam over the ulcer within the cast; the cast places pressure everywhere but the wound itself. The displaced pressure helps the ulcer heal faster.
Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT)
NPWT applies suction pressure on the wound draining the excess drainage as well keeping the wound bed moist to improvise healing. During NPWT, Dr. Badam seals a bandage or dressing over the wound and attaches a vacuum pump. The pump gently suctions fluid and infected tissue out of the wound. Various lightweight wound-vac options will be given to the patients during their assessment with Dr. Badam.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
HBOT, a specialty at Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics, involves a pressurized chamber. The high pressure in the chamber helps your lungs bring in more oxygen, which increases circulation and healing for your non-healing chronic ulcer.
Schedule your consultation for diabetic wound care at Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics by phone or request one online today.