Light therapy and advanced wound care for a neuropathic plantar ulcer on a Charcot foot

J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. Jan-Feb 2008;35(1):113-5; discussion 116-7. doi: 10.1097/01.WON.0000308628.60958.d9.

Abstract

Light therapy is a relatively novel modality in wound care. I used a light-emitting diode (LED) and superluminous diode (SLD) to deliver low-intensity laser light as an adjunctive treatment to a patient with a chronic diabetic foot ulcer. Standard treatment of conservative sharp debridement, off-loading, bioburden management, and advanced dressings was delivered in a WOC clinic setting. This combination of therapies resulted in closure of the neuropathic plantar ulcer within 8 weeks.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Arthropathy, Neurogenic / complications*
  • Bandages
  • Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium / therapeutic use
  • Chronic Disease
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Debridement / methods
  • Debridement / nursing
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Diabetic Foot / etiology
  • Diabetic Foot / pathology
  • Diabetic Foot / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lasers, Semiconductor / therapeutic use
  • Low-Level Light Therapy / instrumentation
  • Low-Level Light Therapy / methods*
  • Low-Level Light Therapy / nursing
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Orthotic Devices
  • Patient Care Planning / organization & administration
  • Shoes
  • Skin Care / methods*
  • Skin Care / nursing
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wound Healing

Substances

  • Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium