At Hoosier Foot and Ankle, we are committed to treating your feet with a view of preventing future pain and unnecessary amputation. That may sound a little ‘over the top’ to anyone who isn’t fighting ongoing issues with wounds on their feet which won’t heal with general attention. Or anyone with diabetes who is fighting complications with their feet and/or ankles. Or anyone suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD) with special concerns for their feet and ankles.
As Dr. Desmond Bell, DPM stressed recently in a Meet the Master interview at podiatrysuccess.com, he didn’t plan to become a wound care expert. He planned to offer foot care, but during residency at a VA hospital, the wounded veterans seemed to make eye contact and build a bond. He found he was very good at taking care of them and found fulfillment in getting ahead of their wounds so they could continue recovery.
As his experience went on, he again was content with the podiatry practice in Florida; the community responded to the convenience of having a care facility nearby. As the wound care reputation spread, patients from other parts of town. They began getting a reputation with insurance companies about successful wound care.
At one time, they planned to have a mobile wound care service, but regulation for vehicles and costs of operation got in the way. They began going to the patients’ homes or care centers instead. Due to what Dr. Bell describes as a breakdown between the hospital and home health care led to more referrals from home health care professionals. Training for home health care professionals became a sensible next step.
The success with wound care and the necessity of treating wounds successfully to prevent amputation or save lives led to the development of Save-A-Leg-Save-A-Life. Soon chapters were being set up all over the country and the concept is spreading around the world. The membership consist of podiatrists and other types of medical professionals and doctors. Wound care often reveals other issues or conditions and recognition of the signs added to connection between treatment protocols to gain benefit for patients.
I share an opinion with Dr. Bell about wound care. I’ve been on multiple medical mission trips to Haiti to help set up wound care clinics. I also serve at wound care clinics in the area and provide necessary wound care treatment for my patients in the Indianapolis area. I believe the service helps eliminate unnecessary amputation and saves lives. Diabetic patients are particularly vulnerable to wound issues, but injuries that just don’t seem to heal quickly enough can benefit from the wound care specialists’ skill.
If you have a wound that won’t heal quickly, you don’t have to suffer. You can contact us for an appointment and a consultation about the best way to help you get well. Call 317-660-2115 today and let’s begin moving toward your recovery.