There are many issues when it comes to wounds on your feet, such as lack of feeling, poor circulation, and many other foot-deforming illnesses. This means that damaged tissues might not get an adequate supply of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to adequately heal.
As a result, foot wounds sometimes stay open for longer periods, which can further elevate your risk of infection. To make matters worse, when you have diabetes, blood vessel damage, delayed healing, and nerve damage further increase your chances of slow-healing wounds and diabetic ulcers that can put you at risk for amputation. Diabetic foot ulcers have a near 25% chance of progressing into an amputation.
Wound care involves treating any wound you currently have (even if it’s minor or not infected). Your wound care treatment plan also incorporates preventive measures designed to decrease your risk of future foot wounds.
The dedicated podiatrists at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center encourage you to come in anytime you notice a foot wound, ingrown toenail, or any other skin condition. It’s especially important to schedule a wound care examination if you experience:
A wound that is warm to the touch or so painful you can’t bear weight on the foot are warning signs of a potentially serious infection. Before your foot wound progresses any further, schedule a wound care exam to get started on treatment right away.
During your wound care treatment, Dr. Durfey or Dr. Hiapo evaluates your feet thoroughly and treats your wound accordingly. Treatment options include:
Once your podiatrist treats your foot wound, they bandage you up and show you how to change the dressings at home. Dr. Durfey or Dr. Hiapo may also suggest off-loading, meaning taking pressure off the wound for optimal healing, by getting fitted for custom orthotics or diabetic shoes. Foot wounds can be healed or prevented with proper care.
For more severe wounds that require surgical treatment, you may need a limb salvage procedure to prevent amputation. Rest assured, at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center, the compassionate team cares for you every step of the way no matter which wound care treatment is right for you.
If you have a foot wound, schedule an evaluation right away. You can conveniently book a visit online or over the phone.