Circulator Boot FAQ: A Limb-Saving Treatment for Diabetics

Circulator Boot Therapy is a revolutionary treatment option for both diabetics and non-diabetics that can prevent amputations of the lower extremities, even in advanced cases where surgery has already been scheduled.

Circulator Boot Therapy in action at Delray Beach Podiatry.

Circulator Boot Therapy in action at Delray Beach Podiatry.

As well as providing an immediate boost to arterial and venous circulation, the procedure can also slowly break down clots. It increases the breakdown of plaque within the arteries by the release of nitric oxide oxygen and nourishment increase. You will see swelling and pain subside with the first few sessions. As circulation is restored with each further session, the body can begin to heal itself.

At Delray Beach Podiatry, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatric physician and surgeon with over 30 years of experience, has used Circulator Boot Therapy to save a staggering 38 limbs from being amputated.

“It saves people’s lives,” said Dr. Goldbaum, who is the only doctor in South Florida with access to a Circular Boot. “When you have an amputation, within five years there is usually another event that transpires and people can pass away because of it.”

Circulation Boot Therapy is an excellent method for treating and correcting circulation problems such as diabetic ulcers and venous insufficiency.

“This is one of the few things we have that’s external and it does a terrific job,” said Dr. Goldbaum. “This actually saves people’s limbs from being taken off.”

Many amputations begin with a small injury to the foot, leg or toe, especially in the case of diabetics. Proper treatment, such as Circulator Boot Therapy, can prevent what may ultimately lead to infections and gangrene and end with an amputation and often a myriad of life long medical complications.

“Every time I have used Circulator Boot Therapy, it has increased blood flow,” said Dr. Goldbaum. “It’s all about blood flow. If you have good blood flow, then you have oxygen and nutrients that the body needs to heal.”

Circulator Boot FAQ

Q: How does the Circulator Boot work?

A: The Circular Boot uses air pressure to provide a continuous series of gentle, short-duration compression pulses over the course of a 40-minute in-office session. The main reason that the system works so well is that a cardiac monitor attached to the patient’s chest controls the timing of the compressions.

“When the heart pumps, this pumps at the same time,” said Dr. Goldbaum. “This means that the compressions are working in conjunction with each other and not working against your body’s normal flow.”

Q: Is there anything else the Circulator Boot treats?

A: In addition to the circulatory benefits of the treatment, Dr. Goldbaum also goes a step further when treating a patient’s wounds, adding a variety of antibiotic solutions to clean and treat the area throughout the series of compressions.

“Between the compressions and the solutions, it really gets a good washing in there,” said Dr. Goldbaum.

Q: How long does the procedure take?

A: The procedure requires a 40-minute in-office session.

Q: What are some benefits of the procedure?

A: The beneficial effects of Circulator Boot Therapy include: improved blood flow, the formation of new blood vessels, and the dissemination of antibiotics into the foot.

Q: Is this a standalone treatment?

A: No. Circulator Boot Therapy is a complementary treatment that offers only positive effects on other potential forms of treatment.

Q: Is Circulator Boot Therapy covered by insurance?

A: The treatment is cost effective, but not covered by medical insurance.

Q: Is the procedure FDA approved?

A: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Circulator Boot for treating claudication, foot and leg ulcers, and emerging gangrene.

Q: Where can I learn more?

A: If you live in South Florida and would like to know more about this revolutionary treatment, please see our contact information below.

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