Good revision for podiatrists to know about antibiotics and what they are suitable for, but important to be aware who is at risk of getting nasty infections in the first place and may require antibiotics . Good podiatric footcare, regular routine appointments every 6 -8 weeks (some patients need to attended every 4) will ensure potential problems are minimised. We have the expertise to treat wounds and debride necrotic, unhealthy tissue which may be impeding healing.
At Compleet Feet we have a large choice of specialist wound dressings to choose from and can use our Erchonia Lasers Limited EVRL laser with it’s blue antimicrobial 405nm wavelength to help stop staph aureus bugs and others in their tracks. If we can we try to negate the need for patients go on antibiotics as they always seem to upset the balance of something else. This does not mean we are fool hardy, if we can observe an infection is spreading, tracking from the source concern we will advise that a course of antibiotics should be obtained. The EVRL, XLR8 lasers then have a big role to play in stimulating accelerated wound healing. The laser’s 635nm wavelength will help at a cellular level to initiate the essential ingredients of cascading wound healing.Often stressed tissues become deplete in adensine triphosate (ATP) which cell’s mitchondria produce which is crucial for cellular communication. Stresses tissues become deplete in this so wound healing becomes delayed, stasis happens. The 635nm laser light energy upregulates cells to produce more. More ATP more chances of healing and wound resolution.
It must also be discussed that the use of frequency specific low level laser therapy in diabetic patients those with neuropathic altered sensation the 635nm wavelength can help for small nerve regeneration and switch off those nerves that may be causing pain. Having low level lasers in our podiatry clinics does give us a great tool to improve in our treatments of the diabetic foot.