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Limb Preservation

Put your best foot forward

Lower-limb amputation is a growing concern in our community. For individuals with diabetes or peripheral artery disease, common foot conditions such as ulcers, blisters, or other open wounds can become infected or heal poorly, causing otherwise avoidable complications. In drastic circumstances, this may result in amputation of the foot or lower leg.

To help protect our community from these adverse outcomes, Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare has partnered with Keck Medicine of USC to offer a Limb Preservation Program. Located on our well-appointed Pomona campus, the program aims to expand podiatric care and education for those at risk of lower-limb amputation.

How It Works

Physician specialists from Casa Colina and USC work with community providers to screen and identify individuals at risk for lower-limb wounds. When patients arrive at a partnering clinic or screening site, those at risk for complications from a foot wound are directed to the appropriate level of care. Some will be given podiatric educational resources to better care for their foot conditions. Others may be referred to Casa Colina’s Wound Care Center or another physician specialist for medical or surgical care.

For those who need medical intervention, once the foot wound is addressed, the patient then joins the program’s Remission Clinic, which monitors follow-up care and check-ups.

All of our patients have access to our broad continuum of care, including state-of-the-art surgical services, comprehensive wound care and hyperbaric therapy, and world-class physical therapy—all available on our 20-acre Pomona campus.

Experience, Expertise

The Limb Preservation Program at Casa Colina is led by Dr. David Armstrong, founder of USC’s Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) and Professor of Surgery at USC’s Keck School of Medicine.

Other experts on our team add a wealth of knowledge in limb preservation and care, all with the goal to increase access to timely, quality healthcare that will help prevent amputations. Our experts include:

  • Vascular surgeons
  • Podiatric surgeons
  • Hyperbaric medicine doctors and technicians
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrists)
  • Physical therapists specializing in ambulation, range of motion, and lower-extremity strengthening
  • Nurses specializing in limb preservation and wound care
  • Onsite diagnostic imaging providers
  • Prosthetists and shoe specialists
  • Other specialists as needed

Preventative Education and Free Screenings

The Casa Colina Limb Preservation Program offers health education to increase awareness about foot care among at-risk patients and their physicians. Our clinicians provide community education to address the long-term health disparities that result in lower-limb amputations, including the long-term effects of diabetes and vascular disease on podiatric health. View free educational videos in both English and Spanish on our YouTube playlist and start taking the best possible care of your feet today.

We also offer free foot health screenings to those at risk of lower-limb complications. Our certified wound care nurse assesses dermatological, neurological, musculoskeletal, and vascular health and offers appropriate follow-up recommendations when needed. To make an appointment, please call the number below.

To learn more about the Casa Colina Limb Preservation Program, please call 909/596-7733, ext. 3039 or toll-free 866/724-4127, ext. 3039 or contact us now.

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