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Published on November 28, 2016

Podiatrist offers new approaches in treating the diabetic foot

Andrew Elliott, DPM

Andrew Elliott, DPM

Diabetic wounds are some of the most dangerous and common complications of diabetes. An estimated 15 percent of people with diabetes will experience a diabetic foot ulcer at some point in their lives, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Podiatrist Andrew Elliott, DPM, who joined Gundersen Health System in July, specializes in caring for patients at risk for diabetic foot ulcers and those who have them.

Dr. Elliott is completing a three-month diabetic wound fellowship at the Diabetic Foot Unit in the College of Medicine at Complutense University of Madrid in Madrid, Spain. The specialized training focuses on advanced surgical, medical and biomechanical treatment options for patients with complications related to the diabetic foot, as well as prevention of recurrence.

"The Wound Center and podiatrists at Gundersen have been treating diabetic foot ulcers for years and have been doing an excellent job. What I am hoping to gain from this fellowship is a fresh perspective in the treatment of the diabetic foot," says Dr. Elliott, who completed his Podiatry Medicine & Surgery Residency at Gundersen and worked a great deal with the Wound Clinic.

This fellowship gives Dr. Elliott an opportunity to learn firsthand from a leader in the field—Jose Luis Lazaro Martinez, DPM, MSc, PhD, who is head of the Diabetic Foot Unit at Complutense University of Madrid.

"Dr. Lazaro Martinez focuses on conservative surgery, offloading (both surgically and externally) and medical treatment, thereby reducing the number of major lower limb amputations patients must undergo. I look forward to bringing these skills back to Gundersen to augment what is already a successful service," states Dr. Elliott.

The Clinic of Podiatry at Complutense University of Madrid is also conducting research in platelet-rich plasma injections for the treatment of plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Dr. Elliott says the results are impressive and he hopes to bring this cutting-edge treatment to patients at Gundersen as well.

For more information or for a consultation, contact Gundersen Podiatry via MedLink at (608) 775-5465 or (800) 336-5465.

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