Some wounds don’t heal.

Those people with diabetes can be especially at risk. Peripheral neuropathy — which patients feel as numbness, tingling, and burning in the feet and lower legs — is very common in patients with diabetes mellitus, both Type 1 and Type 2.

In layman’s terms, it’s nerve damage, and leads to an inability to feel pain. As a result, people suffering from dia- betes develop wounds on the feet and legs that are slow to heal, do not heal well, or never heal. Patients with nerve damage, diabetic or not, are susceptible to skin breakage, dry skin with cracking which can lead to infected wounds, as well as lower extremity swelling.

“I receive great satisfaction from treating patients with com- plex medical issues who have non-healing wounds of the low- er extremities, from the most simple to the most complicated. I’ve spent almost four decades honing my skills in this regard, both in Connecticut and Florida,” said Dr. Larry A. Suecof of Starling Physicians.

Dr. Suecof has spent the last 38 years not only specializing in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, but he’s dedicated the major- ity of his practice to lower extremity limb salvage and wound care.

Dr. Suecof is a Board-Certified foot and ankle surgeon and
is also Board Certified by the American Board of Wound Management and has attained the status of CWSP – the only hospital-accepted physician certification for the treatment of wounds and limb salvage. He is one of only a handful of physi- cians with this certification in Connecticut and the only one on active staff at Hartford Hospital.

As a leading wound specialist, Dr. Suecof specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and education of pa- tients with acute or chronic wounds of any origin. This includes traumatic wounds, diabetic wounds, neuropathy- related wounds, venous leg and foot wounds, as well as atypical wounds that can occur in many systemic diseases such as vasculitis and congestive heart failure.

For example, another complication frequently seen in diabetes is vascular (circulatory) disease with loss of blood flow to the legs and feet (PAD). This can also be seen in patients without diabetes who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tobacco abuse, and/or a genetic predisposition.

To do that, Dr. Suecof utilizes the newest wound healing techniques for the chronically non-heal- ing wound. These techniques include interactive wound dressings, bioengineered human skin graft- ing, cadaver skin grafting, fish skin grafting, as well as regenerative medicine using new techniques that are harvested from the patient’s own body.

Wound healing is a rapidly emerging field and Dr. Suecof said he has to remain aware of the latest developments, so he can bring new technologies to his patients.

Widely recognized for his expertise in the field of
podiatry, starting in 1982 Dr. Suecof was the first surgical podiatrist to work in-patient at Hartford Hospital, hav- ing completed a residency in Maryland and then a fellowship at the Joslin Clinic in Boston, Mass.

He opened the Hartford Hospital Neuropathic Foot Center in 1982, which was the first center of its type in the state of Connecticut and the only wound center between New York City and Boston, a distinction it maintained for almost 15 years. Dr. Suecof continued his involvement with this wound center until 2008 when he moved to Orlando, Fla., to become a podiatric hospitalist in charge of a large limb salvage inpatient program at Florida Hos- pital. He then returned to Connecticut in 2018.

Dr. Suecof ’s practice covers the full spectrum of podiatric medicine and surgery. This includes the medical and surgical treatment of hammertoes, bunions, medically necessary nail and callous care, ingrown nails, abscesses of the foot and ankle, heel and arch pain, and arthritis, including osteoarthritis and the many variants of systemic and/or autoimmune arthritides as present in the foot and ankle.

He currently sees patients at offices in Glastonbury and Enfield and will likely add Wethersfield in the near future.

To schedule a visit, call (860)721-5733 or visit www.starlingphysicians.com.