Wound care diagnoses and treats ankle and foot ulcers and other slow-healing wounds. It provides a quick and convenient way to minimize the risk of infection while encouraging recovery.
Anyone can experience a leg or foot wound, but they’re especially common in people with underlying health problems. Certain conditions, like diabetes and poor circulation, increase the risk of nerve damage. That means if you cut yourself or develop a sore, you might not realize it. If you don’t, the wound may become infected, increasing the risk of more serious complications.
Anyone who develops a wound that doesn’t respond to conservative treatments can benefit from wound care. The team at DeLoor Podiatry Associates regularly works with individuals experiencing medical conditions like:
You might also benefit from wound care if you regularly smoke cigarettes or cigars. That’s because tobacco products contain nicotine. Nicotine reduces blood flow to your skin, increasing the risk of infection and gangrene.
At DeLoor Podiatry Associates, the team uses wound care to treat several types of issues, including:
Venous stasis ulcers occur below the knee and just above the heel. They’re red and have irregularly shaped borders. Common causes of venous stasis ulcers include blood clots, varicose veins, and leg swelling.
Diabetic ulcers occur due to untreated diabetes. They form on the weight-bearing areas of your feet, like the heels or soles, and often cause tingling or burning sensations. Without early intervention and treatment, diabetic ulcers increase the risk of gangrene or amputation.
Arterial ulcers form on the heels, between the toes, or on the sides of the nail bed. They’re yellow or brown and occur due to poor circulation. As arterial ulcers grow, they become increasingly painful. That’s especially true at night when you’re trying to sleep.
At DeLoor Podiatry Associates, a wound care appointment begins with a physical exam, a discussion of your symptoms, and a review of your health history. After determining the type of wounds you have, the team designs a custom care plan.
Common treatments used to address wounds include:
To receive wound care in a warm, welcoming environment, make an appointment at DeLoor Podiatry Associates by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking tool today.