Foot ulcers are the leading cause of lower extremity amputations due to infection. The longer the wound remains open, the more likely it can become infected.
Here at Advanced Foot & Ankle Centers of Illinois, we strive for the best. We work with the patient to successfully heal his or her ulcer through the integration of advanced wound care products into our wound care management, facilitating closure of the wound.
There are a lot of advanced wound care products on the market that are very effective in assisting wound closures, including amniotic tissue grafts. These amniotic membranes from fetal tissue have regenerative stem cells. Some grafts used in clinic include but are not limited to Epifix, Neox, Biovance, Grafix, Apligraf, and Puraply. With medical advancements, there are also injectable grafts to treat deep, tunneling wounds.
How can an amniotic tissue graft help you? Think of it this way. If you have a wound that is not healing, there is an underlying cause. If we ruled out infection and malnutrition as factors, you are likely to be immunocompromised due to diabetes, cancer, immunosuppressant medications, or various other conditions or factors. Amniotic tissue grafts can provide scaffolds, growth factors, and extracellular matrix proteins that the body is lacking or unable to produce for the wound.
Untreated foot ulcers can develop into foot infections that can be limb threatening or life threatening. Of note, the mortality rate at 9 years is 68% for both diabetic and non-diabetic lower extremity amputees.
With that said, it is imperative that you see a podiatrist if you have a lower extremity ulcer or wound so that you can be properly and thoroughly taken care of. To see what your options are, come see us at Advanced Foot & Ankle Centers of Illinois. Remember, we value limb preservation and will do everything that we can to preserve your limb!