Chronic Wounds and Zombies
By Dr. Bruce Theall
June 24, 2013
Category: Diabetes

Mention Brad Pitt and zombies are probably the furthest things from your mind. However, World War Z, released to theaters last week, stars Pitt as a loving husband and father who works for the United Nations.  In the movie, he attempts to bring an end to the plague of zombies sweeping over the world—ragged clothes, wounds, and all.

While zombies are the latest craze, many among the living experience wounds that won’t heal—also known as chronic wounds.  The term chronic is used for sores that do not heal within four weeks.  There are different causes of this condition.  In the feet, they are most commonly associated with diabetesBeing overweight often plays a role as well, since wounds usually develop around the pressure points of the feet. 

If someone with diabetes is not checking their feet regularly, a wound that won’t heal may go on without treatment.  Since the body’s immune response is not working to heal the area, infection can begin and spread quickly.  The results can be severe with the most devastating consequence being amputation.

The situation in World War Z may seem hopeless, but having a chronic wound isn’t the end of the world.  Wrapping the sore will help to protect it from bacteria.  Antibiotics are often prescribed in an effort to avert infection.  Skin grafts and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) can be used to promote faster closure of this wound type.

At Gentle Touch Foot Care, we specialize in HBO, which involves the patient receiving 100 percent oxygen in a high-pressure setting.  This push of oxygen aids in the healing process, and has been shown to shorten healing times of chronic wounds. Dr. Adegboyega is a fellowship trained wound specialist, certified in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. 

Make an appointment today to learn more about the treatments available to you.  Drs. Theall and Adegboyega provide expert care in East Orange, NJ.  Call the office at 973-673-3668 to make an appointment or schedule online