Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcers PRP Therapy Los Angeles

Foot ulcers are the most common reason for hospital visits for patients with diabetes. A foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs as a result of various issues including mechanical changes of the bones in the foot, peripheral neuropathy or arterial disease. Most ulcers develop on the bottom of the foot as a yellow lesion with slight redness and inflammation of the skin.

Diabetic foot ulcers are often painless, but many ulcers require weeks or several months to heal. As a result, diabetic ulcerations occur in areas of high pressure when the patient walks, and with poor blood circulation to the feet, wound healing is nearly impossible. When ulcers become chronic, patients are at an increased risk of infection, making it even more difficult for the body to effectively thwart off bacteria. Antibiotics are typically prescribed in such cases, but ulcers constantly require attention, which if not cared for properly amputation of the foot may be needed to stop the infection from spreading. Such patients who do not see any signs of relief may consider platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy to initiate much needed healing of chronic diabetic foot ulcers.

Diabetic foot ulcers are one of the most common causes of lower limb amputations worldwide. In order to avoid such a drastic result, patients can pay attention to the symptoms of chronic diabetic foot early on.

Symptoms of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Many diabetic patients have grown immune to such pain in their feet, that many of them do not even experience any pain whatsoever when an ulcer develops. This is why pain is not a likely symptom, however other warning signs of infections that diabetics should be aware of include:

  • Fluid drainage or pus
  • Redness or swelling
  • Foul odors
  • Increased firmness surrounding the wound
  • Fever or chills with ulcer present

Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcers PRP Therapy

Regenerative medicine has grown increasingly popular in the last few decades with the assistance of PRP therapy there is no other alternative that can achieve better results for patients with chronic diabetic foot ulcers. Dr. Jamshidinia will first evaluate your case and predetermine whether or not your response to PRP therapy is valuable. However, the greater majority of patients who turn to PRP therapy are suitable for treatment at our facility.

PRP therapy is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes the patient’s own blood in order to promote natural healing of open sores. Dr. Jamshidinia collects approximately 20 milliliters of blood and places the collection in a centrifugal system to separate the platelets from the blood cells. Once the separation is completed, the platelets are injected into the surrounding areas of the ulcer. The injection then ignites the process of regeneration as it remodels the structure of the connective tissues of the foot to alleviate swelling and closure of the open sore.

PRP platelets attach themselves to the ailing tissues and release the growth factors and proteins that are required to stimulate wound healing. This is necessary to have these growth factors introduced to the ulcer, since a majority of patients suffer from poor blood circulation. Otherwise the ulcer remains stuck in the non-healing phase and remains as a chronic ailment.

Learn About PRP Therapy Options with Dr. Jamshidinia

If chronic diabetic foot ulcers are left untreated or treated inappropriately or addressed too late, then it may result in an amputation of the limb. PRP therapy is a common procedure that is used for such patients dealing with foot ailments. When performed successfully, the diabetic ulcer closes up and provides ulcer management to avoid limb amputation. If you suffer from any of the common diabetic symptoms listed above, then now is the time to call our PRP therapy specialist. Contact our office to learn about your treatment options for chronic diabetic foot ulcers and walk comfortably again. This time on your own terms!