TMC Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
If a nonhealing wound has you sitting out many of the best parts of life, the TMC Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine may have the help you need. Medical experts there can provide you with an individualized treatment plan that includes some of the most advanced wound care therapies available to help speed the healing process.
The TMC Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine complements the care your primary care physician provides, and is committed to treating nonhealing wounds. The center's team of professionals includes:
- Physicians with advanced training in wound management
- Nurses who are trained in the care of chronic wounds
- Technicians who perform noninvasive studies and various therapies
- An experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records and health insurance processing
Typical Nonhealing Wounds
The TMC Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine provides advanced wound care to help heal a variety of wounds, including:
- Lower extremity diabetic wounds
- Ulcers from poor circulation
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Surgical wounds
- Pressure sores
- Resistant bone infections
- Radiation injury
- Oxygen therapy
- Podiatric care
- Medical and surgical intervention
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a procedure in which a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while relaxing in a pressurized chamber. This delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream and the wound bed, which rapidly accelerates the healing process. The staff at the TMC Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine puts together a treatment program based on each patient's special needs, including visits to the center as well as detailed instructions for home care. Any time patients or family members have questions, our staff is available.
The TMC Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine works with your personal doctor, just like any other medical specialist. We'll discuss your treatment program with your doctor and keep him or her updated on your progress, unless instructed otherwise. Remember, you'll need to keep seeing your doctor for routine medical care.
Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy and Injury-Free
Some of the most common nonhealing wounds are foot injuries. Here are some tips on keeping your feet healthy and injury free:
- Examine feet daily in good light. Look for areas of dryness or cracking, especially around the toenails, between the toes and on the soles.
- Wash feet in warm, soapy water each day. Dry feet thoroughly.
- If feet become excessively dry, moisturize the soles with unscented lotion.
- Never walk barefoot either indoors or outdoors.
- Avoid exposing feet to extreme heat, such as hot sand or pavement. Use sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Check bath water temperature with your elbow before entering. Do not use hot water or a heating pad to warm cold feet; instead, wear loose socks if feet are cold.
- Trim toenails straight across and gently round corners with a fine emery board or pumice stone.
- Visit a physician or podiatrist to treat corns or calluses. Do not use commercial corn or callous removers, footpads or arch supports.
- Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Avoid shoes with open toes or heels, sandals and shoes that squeeze toes together.
- Buy new shoes late in the day when feet are slightly enlarged to assure they will fit comfortably at any time. New shoes should never be worn more than two hours at one time.
- Wear seamless socks or stockings with shoes. Socks should be clean and changed daily.
- Avoid using garters or elastics to hold up stockings, or any garments that are tight around the legs.
- Walking is the best exercise for the feet, provided shoes fit properly. After exercising, be sure to check feet for signs of irritation or blisters.
- Prop up feet when seated to increase circulation. Wiggle toes and move ankles up and down for five minutes, two or three times a day. Don't cross legs for long periods of time.