Advanced Wound Healing Institute
Dr. Kevin Lam* Dr. Drew Chapman * Dr. Joseph Altepeter
Dr. Patrick Bartholomew * Dr. Lauren Pelucacci * Dr. Sahiba Singh
Dr. Jake Powers * Dr. Isin Mustafa * Dr. Lori DeBlasi
Welcome to the Family Foot & Leg Center Opened in 2005 by Dr. Kevin Lam
as the premier center for foot / ankle medical & surgical care.
A wound is defined as damaged skin and tissue layers, typically from an injury resulting in a cut or abrasion. If a wound does not heal and begins to grow deeper and deeper into the foot, it may become an ulcer.
A foot ulcer or open sore that fails to heal. It is often found on the tip of the toes or on the side or bottom of the foot. Diabetic foot ulcers are due to reduced skin sensation and blood flow to parts of the body.
The factors that can slow the wound healing process include:
Dead skin. This is also called necrosis. The dead skin and foreign materials interfere with the normal healing process.
Infection. When the wound develops an infection, the body works to fight the infection rather than healing the wound. The proliferation of bacteria, virus, or fungi can make healing difficult. In cases of wound infection, a specialist would be key to diagnose the type of infection and administer proper wound care and antibiotics.
Hemorrhage. This is persistent bleeding that will keep the wound margins apart, thus delaying wound healing.
Mechanical damage. This includes sores caused by constant pressure and friction. Repetitive trauma can lengthen the healing process or stop it completely.
Diet. A lack of nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc, and protein leads to poor wound healing as these are needed by the body to repair damage. Protein malnutrition is one of the most overlooked reasons why wounds fail to heal.
Medical conditions. Any medical condition that hinders the immune system can lead to slow wound healing. Other conditions such as anemia, diabetes, and some vascular diseases that restrict blood flow can lead to non-healing wounds.
Age. In elderly people, wounds tend to take longer to heal.
Medicines. Certain medications may interfere with the body’s healing process.
Smoking. Cigarette smoking delays the healing process and increases the risk of wound complications.
Check your wound regularly. See your doctor immediately if you have any symptoms including bleeding, pus or discharge from the wound, bleeding, and fever. If you have diabetes, it is vital to see your podiatrist for early intervention.
Go to a podiatrist or a foot doctor at least once or twice a year, whether or not you think you have a foot issue. A comprehensive foot examination will determine the risk factors that may result in foot ulcers or worse, consequent foot amputation.
For more information, you may contact Advanced Wound Healing Institute at (239) 430-3668 (FOOT). Advanced Wound Healing Institute is part of Family Foot and Leg Center, P.A.
Wound Care - what Podiatrists do
to save your feet
**There are approximately 29 million people with diabetes in the US and it is estimated that 1 in people over the age of 65 have diabetes. Over the next 20 years, it is expected that this problem is only going to get worse.
When peripheral neuropathy develops, the incidence of ulcer formation increases. The 3-year mortality for people with diabetes increases from 13% to 28% with an ulcer. Following a lower extremity amputation, the 5-year mortality increases to 60%.
Diabetic foot ulcers lead to amputation and mortality, and thus, it is very important to prevent them.
At Family Foot and Leg Center, we offer advanced wound care for your feet and legs.
Our doctors are well-trained from residency in conservative and advanced wound care options from simple debridement to advance grafting and flap techniques.
Offices from Collier to Lee to Charlotte Counties,
give us a call AT: (239) 430 3668 option 2
or use our patient portal
We keep you walking.
We welcome you as a patient to our podiatry practice in Florida. We currently have 8 locations across Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties, We are grateful that you have chosen us as your complete foot and lower leg care center.
advanced healing technologies
At FFLC, we use advanced wound healing technologies to help keep patients out of the hospital and onto healing.
- Faster recovery time
- Better results
- Improved long-term outlook
- Optimal quality of life
We use in-office advanced wound healing products from Organogenesis
We help you heal faster without the need of going to a hospital where risk of catching MRSA and COVID -19 may be higher.
If a hospital or facility surgery is necessary we offer ultrasound debridement,
split thickness grafting, full thickness grafting, muscle and vascular flap techniques.
We have several locations from Collier, Lee, & Charlotte Counties to serve your foot and ankle needs:
730 Goodlette Road
FFLC North Naples
840 111th avenue north
21401 Corkscrew Village Lane Suite 4
FFLC Cape coral
530 S.E. 16th place, Suite A
Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
- Offloading – taking away the pressure by putting pads around the area; surgical options
- Antibiotics to control infections
- Wound care – cleaning out the dead tissue to allow the wound to heal
- Restoration of blood circulation for PAD (peripheral artery disease) – along with vascular specialists
- Administration of activated collagen
- Skin flaps, skin grafts, and/or skin substitutes with growth factors to help in healing
- Tendo-Achilles lengthening
- Advise patient on proper shoe wear, inspection of feet everyday, medical management of diabetes, proper nutrition
- Follow-up with a podiatrist at least every 6 months, sooner if you have pre-ulcerative lesions on your feet / lower extremities
**There are approximately 29 million people with diabetes in the US and it is estimated that 25% people over the age of 65 have diabetes. Over the next 20 years, it is expected that this problem is only going to get worse.
The 3-year mortality for people with diabetes increases from 13% to 28% with an ulcer. Following a lower extremity amputation, the 5-year mortality increases to 60%.
Diabetic foot ulcers lead to amputation and mortality, and thus, it is very important to prevent them. At Family Foot and Leg Center, we offer advanced wound care for your feet and legs. Our doctors are well trained from residency in conservative and advanced wound care options from simple debridement to advance grafting and flap techniques.
If you have a foot, ankle, leg, knee wound, do not delay.
Schedule an appointment at any of our 8 offices in Florida across Lee, Charlotte, and Collier county
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Super friendly staff, knowledgeable doctor. If you have a problem with your foot Jake Powers is the doctor to see.
After a successful cure from a knee injury, I'm glad that one of my extended family member sought consultation from Dr. Dunleavy at the Fort Myers FFLC and is now absolutely fine. The patient had a bunion in the left foot which needed to be removed. He underwent the painless and scar free Bunionectomy at FFLC. We thank the specialized podiatrist panel of FFLC and recommend the center for anyone with conditions of the foot and leg.