How serious is my foot ulcer?
Unfortunately, if left untreated, diabetic foot wounds can become serious, placing you at risk for amputation and other life-threatening conditions. Early and effective management of the wound is the safest route to preventing complications. With Total Contact Casting (TCC), your doctor has selected a proven method which has been shown in clinical trials to heal 9 out of 10 foot wounds in about 6 weeks1, 2.
What You Need To Know About Your Total Contact Cast
Managing a wound with a TCC can help it to heal faster and more comfortably when used along with a plan of care that is individualized for you by your health care provider. Many studies have shown that 89% of wounds heal in about 6 weeks with TCC1,2.
What is Total Contact Cast?
A Total Contact Cast is a cast used to help promote healing by minimizing pressure and friction at the wound site, typically for diabetic foot wounds.
How does it help?
A TCC is in “total contact” with the foot and lower leg to redistribute weight away from the wound. It allows for healing even while walking.
Who is it for?
Typically it is used for patients being treated for diabetic foot ulcers, Charcot neuroarthropathy, and post-operative surgical site protection.
Discuss with your doctor if Total Contact Casting is right for you!
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- If the cast is “loose” or “rubbing” or “pistoning”
- If the cast is causing pain
- If the patient develops fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting
- If the cast gets wet
- If the patient or healthcare provider has other cause for concern, such as claustrophobia
References: 1. Armstrong DG, et al. Off-loading the diabetic foot wound. Diabetes Care 24:1019-1022, 2001 2. Bloomgarden ZT: American Diabetes Association 60th Scientific Sessions, 2000. Diabetes Care 24:946-951, 2001.