What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat decompression sickness in scuba divers, but has many other applications, too: serious infections, air pockets in your blood stream, burns, gangrene, radiation injury, skin flaps at risk for tissue death, and treating wounds that won’t heal. That last one is something we foot doctors see quite often, so oxygen therapy is a helpful treatment option.


It consists of breathing in a chamber where the air pressure is three times higher than normal. This increases the ability of your lungs to absorb oxygen and send it through your body to help fight bacteria and increase the amount of growth factors and stem cells that are available to you for healing. The treatment is typically done in a hospital outpatient center.


There are slight risks associated with this treatment, such as injury to the middle ear, temporary eyesight changes, and the possibility of lung collapse or seizures, but it is generally considered to be a safe treatment.


At Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists we pride ourselves on having referral access to effective technology and knowing how to use it. Trust your foot problems to us and be assured of the highest quality of care you might expect from expert podiatrists. Call us at (512) 328-8900 today for an appointment.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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