Comprehensive Podiatry & Wound Care Services Provided by Orthopedic Specialists in Freehold, NJ
In recent years, the science of wound care has advanced significantly. Once believed to be helpful, the approach of simply “letting the air get to it” is now known to actually impede healing. Instead, researchers have confirmed that wounds heal faster, with a lower risk of infection, when kept moist and covered.
With diabetes steadily on the rise, professional podiatry and wound care services are now more important than ever. The podiatrists at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute provide specialized lower extremity wound care at our office in Freehold, NJ.
Why is specialized diabetic foot care so important?
Diabetes can slow blood circulation, which in turn can interfere with the body’s natural healing processes. Until a wound is completely healed, it remains susceptible to infection. This means that diabetics have a heightened risk of developing foot conditions, such as diabetic foot ulcerations and Charcot’s foot. Even a relatively simple wound, such as a blister caused by wearing tight shoes, can progress into a potentially serious issue if it is not properly cared for.
How can AOSMI help?
If you have a foot wound that doesn’t seem to be healing properly, it is essential to seek prompt medical attention – especially if you are a diabetic. Professional podiatry and wound care services can help prevent infection and other complications. The team of expert podiatrists at AOSMI can perform a comprehensive orthopedic, neurologic, and vascular examination, then recommend a strategy to promote healing. For instance, we may suggest:
- Removing dead, damaged, or infected tissue (debriding) to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue
- Applying topical medications and dressing to reduce the risk of infection
- Off-loading with a brace, cast, crutches, wheelchair, or special footwear, which can reduce pressure on the wound
- Managing blood glucose levels to promote blood circulation
After your wound has fully healed, we will continue to monitor your progress through periodic checkups. We can also recommend an appropriate preventive strategy to help you avoid future problems.
If you’d like to learn more about our podiatry and wound care services, contact AOSMI to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at our office in Freehold, New Jersey.