Four years ago, Stephen Ashton developed a blister on the bottom of his left foot that gradually turned i nto a skin ulcer, thanks to poor circulation from diabetes. He sought the help of his primary-care physician and a podiatrist, and tried ointments and oral antibiotics-but no matter what he did, he couldn’t get it to heal completely. “I was keeping it at bay, but I wanted to get rid of it,” says Ashton, 47, a former executive protector (aka, bodyguard) who lives in Silver Spring.
Then he read that wide receiver Terrell Owens, now with the Cincinnati Bengals, used hyperbaric oxygen therapy to hasten the healing of an ankle injury, and Ashton decided to seek the same treatment.
It took more than a year to get his insurance plan to approve the therapy. Finally, last fall, he underwent 30 treatments in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, and gradually the ulcer shrank from 3 inches in diameter to half :hat size.
“It took awhile, but the wound is a lot better,”says Ashton, “and my doctors are really happy with the results.”
Welcome to the world of high-tech healing. Originally used to treat decompression sickness from scuba diving (commonly known as “the bends”), hyperbaric oxygen therapy is gaining momentum as a cutting-edge treatment for conditions including non healing diabetic wounds, bone or soft tissue injuries that occur months or even years …. click link below to read full article
Bethesda Magazine HEALTH March/April 2011 by Stacey Colino