Diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers and venous stasis ulcers are the most common chronic skin and soft tissue wounds. A chronic wound is usually one that has failed to heal within three months. Diagnosis is based on the clinical features of the disease. The incidence is approximately 1%, with chronic wounds mostly affecting people 60 years or older. Accordingly, the number of chronic wounds will rise as the population ages. Factors that contribute to chronic wounds include poor circulation, (diabetic) neuropathy, bacterial colonization and infection, systemic illnesses, age, repeated trauma, vasculitis, immune suppression (including the use of steroids over a long period), but also emotional stress.
Recently shockwave therapy was introduced into the management of chronic wounds, based on its proven abilities to improve the functional microvasculature, stimulate expression of growth factors, and increase cell proliferation and subsequent healing.
Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary device used in sports medicine, urology, and veterinary medicine. Its main benefits are fast pain relief and mobility restoration. As well as being a non-surgical therapy with no need for painkillers, it makes it an ideal therapy to speed up recovery and cure various conditions causing acute or chronic pain and wound management for slow healing ulcers. Diabetic wound management is one such treatment that can be administered via shockwave therapy.
The Foot and Ankle Clinic is proud to have pioneered the use of Shockwave Therapy in Australia since its inception several years ago and therefore all our Podiatrists have vast experience using shockwave therapy and have done extensive training in shockwave therapy and its applications.
- In-Office Procedure
- Walk-In / Walk-Out
- No Time Off Work
- Clinically Proven
- No Drugs Or Side-Effects
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