Accelerated Cast Clinic & Limb Preservation Centre
education programs that emphasize proper nutrition and foot care to
decrease the likelihood of diabetic complications such as infection,
ulcerations, peripheral vascular disease and amputations.
Assessment & Treatment of non-emergent injuries
Cast Clinic, our physicians and nurses provide expert assessment and
treatment of your non-surgical orthopedic injuries, such as arm/leg fractures,
tendon or ligament tears, sprains/strains, etc. We also provide related
casts, splints, braces, mobility equipment and more at affordable prices.
cases, such as an open fracture, dislocation, or other situations where
emergent care is needed will be referred to your local Emergency
debridement of diseased nails, corns and callus in the high-risk patient
Lower Limb Assessments/Testing
(Ankle-Brachial Pressure Index), TBI (Toe-Brachial Index), Diabetic Foot
Screening, High Risk Foot Assessment (according to Alberta Health Services DON SCN
and CAWC guidelines/documentation) and appropriate referrals.
Practice Wound Care (according to Wounds Canada Recommendations)
including "debridement" of non-viable tissue.
wound healing modality to improve circulation. Many patients using
neuromuscular stimulation experience a reduction in edema, improved sensation,
decreased pain and improved adherence to compression.
therapy, utilizing the latest compression technology and systems, to aid in
healing of venous ulcers and management of CVI. Ex: CircAid
Orthotics Insoles & Shoes
technicians and prosthetists who produce custom-made, off-loading devices to
assist wound healing, orthoses and prostheses. (Referrals provided)
offloading mobility devices
fitters will demonstrate, fit and train clients how to use 100% off-loading
devices, such as knee scooters and the IWALK Hands Free Crutch, to compliment
best practice wound care. These are sold/rented as necessary at a very
affordable cost. See our website for details.
Diet and Nutrition Information
every health service we offer education on nutritional choices to encourage
bone, wound, joint healing as well as for a health lifestyle in general.
We have a variety of healthy snacks and supplements available for our clients
or walk-in customers and for online-shoppers through our E-store.
Wound and Foot Care Supply
related supplies are available for an affordable cost to ensure client finances
are not a barrier to rapid and maintained healing.
Total Contact Cast Treatment (TCC)
treatment averages approx.5-8 weeks/patient for diabetic/foot ulcer management.
AOS offers a proven Total Contact Cast treatment protocols, which may provide
up to 90% faster healing time for patients. This is weeks/months less of
treatment time and frustration, resulting in up to 85% cost savings for the
health care system over current, traditional methods of diabetic wound/plantar
ulcer/Charcot foot and Post-Op Immobilization of deformity reconstruction
of contractured limbs, increased flexibility, ROM and comfort.
year approximately 450 Albertans undergo a diabetes-related lower-limb
amputation. Sadly, 85% of these amputations are preventable. The potential
implications resulting from an amputation are even more concerning – studies
show that the five-year survival rate following an amputation is lower than
many forms of cancer. It is safe to say amputations are not benign.
Our “Cast Clinic & Limb Preservation” services are committed
to promoting excellence in the clinical care of diabetes-related foot
complications, research and education with the overall goal being limb
What gaps in
our health care system are we meeting?
Over 3 years
ago we identified gaps in our health care system including the opportunity to
meet the following health care needs in Edmonton and surrounding
- To redirect chronic
wound patients from extremely busy out-patient
orthopedic clinics and provide consistent, skilled and specialized
services to address the advanced wound care needs of diabetic or chronic
- To redirect
non-urgent/non-surgical orthopedic patients from ER departments improving
patient experience and reducing ER wait times.
- To make advanced
treatments and medical devices accessible at an affordable cost to improve
their healing outcomes.
- To create additional
clinical placements for specialized nursing students as well as employment