Diabetic Foot Ulcers


Approximately 15% of the estimated 29.1 million Americans with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer during their lifetime. Diabetic foot ulcers are frequently associated with poor outcomes, such as infections, higher amputation rates and a five-year post-amputation mortality rate of up to 80% (Moulik, 2002).
If a diabetic foot ulcer does not heal or improve within 30 days it is usually considered a non-healing wound. More than 50% of diabetics suffer from non-healing wounds, and diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputations (CDC.gov) (diabetes.org)

Contributing risk factors for diabetic foot ulcers:

  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Improper foot wear
  • Uncontrolled blood sugar
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease 
  • Poor foot care
  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity

Our Wound Care Comprehensive Program offers: 

  • Evidence based wound care treatment
  • Innovative technologies
  • Specialized clinical staff with advanced training and expertise in wound care
  • A personalized care plan customized for each patient
  • Open and ongoing communication with primary and referring physicians
  • Compassionate and friendly staff

Our Treatment Modalities include:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Advanced wound dressings
  • Infectious disease management
  • Vascular evaluation
  • Bioengineered skin substitutes
  • Total contact casting
  • Patient education and referral sources

How long will it take for my wound to heal?

Once treatment begins, most non-healing wounds take six to eight weeks to heal. 
Remember that each wound is unique so, depending on your wound type and location, your wound may take a little bit longer to heal.

Upon referral, we treat your patient's wound while you continue to manage all other aspects of their care.  
At Harris Regional Hospital, we provide the highest quality care and are committed to developing customized treatment plans that meet the unique needs of each patient.