When it comes to foot care, the staff at Beverly Hospital’s Center for Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine knows that healthy feet are vital to the happiness and activity level of a patient. We know that we can love and take great care of our feet by being mindful of certain conditions and complications associated with non-healing wounds.
Approximately one out of every four Americans with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime. Because foot ulcers can take weeks or months to heal without treatment, hospitalization is sometimes required. Our wound care team can help mitigate that risk. We stress for you to do not ignore the signs or symptoms and to not delay with immediately reporting to your provider when an ulcer first appears.
“A wound care specialist can help you and your family member avoid the unnecessary complications of diabetes before an amputation ever occurs,” said Jacob Jensen, DPM, “Let us help you care for the ones you love by giving them the specialized care they deserve.”
The Center for Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine offers the following tips to keep feet healthy:
- Check the bottoms of feet daily by placing a mirror on the floor and hovering feet over the mirror. This is important for those with neuropathy, the loss of feeling or numbness in the hands or feet caused by nerve damage. Peripheral neuropathy is a major contributor foot ulcers as those who have it may not be able to feel when a wound is beginning to develop on the bottom of the foot.
- Avoid walking barefoot. Diabetic foot ulcers are often painless, so special care must be given to taking care of the feet.
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks. Tight, narrow shoes and shoes with an open toe should be avoided. The friction and pressure due to ill-fitting shoes may cause blisters which may lead to foot ulcer development.
The wound care center’s team is here and ready to treat all wounds. Their approach to wound care is assertive and comprehensive, yet caring and comforting. “(Dr. Jensen) has helped me a lot. I was about to lose my foot but they were able to save it,” said Fernando H., wound care center patient,“(The team) always care for you. From the secretary to the nurses, they are there for you.” The center coordinates traditional and advanced therapies, such as hyperbaric medicine, that aid and accelerate the healing process. For patients that means faster healing times, longer-lasting results, decreased amputation rates and increased mobility – all leading to a better quality of life.
“In the event of a wound, it is our mission to achieve complete wound healing so that you and your loved one can live a healthier and happy lifestyle,” said Dr. Jensen, “We assist not only by healing your wound but also with helping you prevent wound recurrence.”
The types of wounds treated include:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Venous ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Surgical wounds
- Traumatic wounds
- Arterial ulcers
- Radiation wounds
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Crush injuries
Guiding You Every Step Of The Way
The Center for Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Beverly Hospital provides a comprehensive approach to treating patients with non-healing wounds. It is open Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and is located at 413 N Poplar Ave., Montebello, CA 90640. For more information about wound care, diabetes assistance, or to schedule an appointment, please call (323) 725-5066