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Charcot is a disease of the foot that causes a loss of feeling in the foot as bones in the foot start to spread apart. The disease often forms in individuals with a non-healing wound. Jacob Wynes, DPM, talks about Charcot and how it's treated at UMMC.

Many types of patients, including diabetic, geriatric, post-surgical and post-trauma patients, can benefit from the advanced treatments and expertise offered by the Wound Healing Center.

Wounds treated at the Center include:

  • Venous, pressure, diabetic, neuropathic and arterial ulcers
  • Tissue and bone damage caused by radiation or infection
  • Tissue damage caused by vascular insufficiencies
  • Human and animal bites
  • Surgical wounds
  • Skin irritations

The Center offers a wide variety of treatment options, including:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy – a method of administering highly concentrated oxygen to a patient that helps speed up the healing process.
  • Bio-engineered skin substitutes – an outer and/or inner layer of skin planted into a support structure temporarily takes over the functions of the skin until it can heal
  • Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) – a sealed wound dressing connected to a vacuum pump applies pressure to the wound and promotes healing 
  • Debridement – dead, damaged or infected tissue is removed in order to improve the healing potential of the remaining tissue