Diabetic Foot and Limb Loss Prevention

Dr. David Zachary Martin and team at the Wound Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.

What is Diabetic Foot?

Individuals with diabetes sometimes develop complications from the condition over time. This is due to the high levels of blood glucose found in diabetic patients, which can lead to damaged nerves. Unable to feel sensations in their feet, these individuals can develop cuts, blisters, or sores that, untreated, become ulcers and infections.

Blood vessels are also frequently damaged from diabetes, which results in poor circulation. Without proper circulation, the feet do not get enough blood, which makes it harder for wounds to heal.

All of this can lead to what is called the diabetic foot. Signs and symptoms of diabetic foot may include:

  • An ulcer or sore in the foot
  • Pain
  • Redness in the foot
  • Gangrene

Call Us Today

For a referral to the Center for Wound Healing, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Limb Salvage, call:

443-444-4275

Location Information

Center for Wound Healing, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Limb Salvage
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Blvd., Suite 2 North
Baltimore, MD 21239

Diabetic foot is a complex problem that demands the experience and expertise of the specialists at the Center for Wound Healing, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Limb Salvage at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. In partnership with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, our multidisciplinary team of experts use an evidence-based approach to provide our patients with superior quality, safe care, and the best possible outcomes.

This team includes providers specializing in:

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Podiatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Disease

In addition, we have a dedicated team of certified and specialty trained nurses who provide skilled wound care and case management services. Our healing rates are among the highest in the country with patient satisfaction rates of more than 90 percent.

What are the Treatments for Diabetic Foot?

The treatment of diabetic foot is directed toward the cause. Often, this means controlling the infection with antibiotics. Or, if extensive infection is present, your podiatric or wound care specialist may recommend surgery. Unfortunately, amputations are sometimes necessary.

But here at our Center, the focus is on preventing limb loss and improving quality of life. Our limb specialists offer the most advanced treatment options for people who suffer from:

  • Diabetic-related neuropathy fractures and injuries
  • Foot deformities with expertise in wound and Charcot foot reconstruction

We offer a range of specialized treatments to improve wound outcomes. We can accommodate patients who have urgent needs with our eight treatment rooms and four hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers.

Our team also provides advanced wound care for patients with:

  • Pressure injuries
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Venous and/or arterial insufficiency
  • Burns
  • Trauma
  • Soft tissue radiation necrosis

To learn more about diabetes and wound prevention:

For a referral to the Center for Wound Healing, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Limb Salvage, call 443-444-4275.