Injuries to the feet can be difficult to heal without spending the entire day off your feet. With every step you take, you put pressure on the feet. This causes further damage to the wound and surrounding skin. Total contact casting is a treatment that can take the weight off the foot, also known as off-loading, for those with foot wounds.  Wound Evolution is your premier destination for wound treatment. We are located in Fort Worth, Dallas, and San Antonio, Texas, and Overland Park, Kansas. We offer a range of advanced and holistic treatments to help you achieve lasting relief. Total contact casting can help patients give their feet the time they need to heal while also decreasing the risk of infection.

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What Is Total Contact Casting?

A total contact cast is a specific type of cast that can be used to treat ulcers on the feet. These sores can be difficult to treat if you are constantly putting pressure on your feet. The cast is designed to evenly distribute your weight along the sole of your foot and relieve pressure from the ulcer. Your cast will be made out of fiberglass or a plastic shell with a bar along the bottom. The shell will be fitted closely around the leg and foot and held securely in place. 

Benefits of Total Contact Casting

Total contact casting helps protect the skin on your foot. Under the cast, a layer of soft foam is used to ensure that there is no pressure on your sore. Without this pressure, your sore can heal and do so at a faster pace. A total contact cast can help most ulcers heal in 6 to 8 weeks. 

Who Is a Candidate for Total Contact Casting?

Total contact casting is most effective for those who have diabetes with foot ulcers that are slow to heal. Diabetes can create complications for the feet, including loss of feeling. When this occurs, it can be difficult to notice a blister or sore and cause sores to grow larger quickly. It can also cause more minor sores to get worse and become ulcers.

Diabetic foot ulcers are a significant factor that leads to lower leg amputations for people with diabetes. A diabetic foot ulcer precedes almost 85% of amputations. Total contact casting can help relieve these ulcers and decrease the risk of amputation.

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Schedule Your Appointment

Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is a leading provider of wound care throughout Texas and Kansas. If you are experiencing diabetic foot ulcers and are looking for relief, total contact casting may be the right treatment for you. Contact one of our offices today to schedule your appointment.

Total Contact Casting FAQs

How long will I need to wear the cast?

Will I be able to shower with my cast?

How long will I need to wear the cast?

The exact amount of time you will need to wear the cast can vary. Most patients typically find their ulcer has healed after 6-8 weeks.

Will I be able to shower with my cast?

You won’t be able to take a regular shower as the cast cannot get wet. While you have your cast, you will need to take a sponge bath.

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