This case study shows how a Cam Walker when equipped with an arch filler can be another tool the physician may use to help heal diabetic ulcerations. Even after other methods of conservative care have failed, the Cam Walker with an arch filler has been shown to gradually decrease and heal diabetic ulcerations on the plantar aspect of the foot. It accomplishes this by decreasing the pressure on the ulcerative areas and by decreasing the velocity with which the foot strikes the ground.
Over 90% of the diabetic neurotrophic ulcers treated with the felted foam technique at the Cleveland Foot Clinic have completely healed. The average healing time for plantar ulcers has been approximately 8 weeks. After the ulcerations have healed, molded shoes or orthopedic shoes with Plastazote inserts are prescribed. The felted foam technique is simple to perform in an office setting and can be used by both the novice and the experienced practitioner.