There are numerous modalities used to heal diabetic foot ulcers. Even so, it continues to amaze me that patients have been told to use the same cream or gel for months or years without seeing any improvement in the wound. In my Houston wound care practice I use a consistent benchmark to dictate my treatment of your diabetic foot ulcer. This means if conventional measures don't heal a diabetic foot ulcer at least 50% in 4 weeks, I change the treatment to get the wound moving again.
An advanced therapy that I use to treat your diabetic foot ulcer that hasn't progressed is to use a dressing made from living tissue. These are known as advanced biological dressings. The two that I use in my Houston podiatry practice are Dermagraft and Apligraf. These dressings are applied in the office and form a matrix of living cells to influence wound healing. These treatments are covered by Medicare and private insurance.
Another advanced therapy for stagnated wounds is the use of Microvas therapy. This non-invasive in-office procedure helps to stimulate blood flow to your diabetic foot ulcer. With the increase in blood flow comes resources to help your body heal your wound.
If you have a diabetic foot ulcer, or any wound, that has not healed if a reasonable period of time, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider at Tanglewood Foot Specialists for an evaluation and comprehensive treatment plan.