Slow-healing wounds on your feet cause discomfort, pain, and dysfunction. They can also be debilitating for those with diabetes, whose wounds can lead to amputation. At Complete Foot and Ankle, Dr. Jacob Reinkraut, Dr. Michelle Suh; Danny Gomez, DPM, FACFAS; and Edward Costa, DPM play an integral role in treating foot ulcers so you can avoid serious side effects. If you live in Ridgewood or Garfield, New Jersey, or the surrounding areas, call the office or use the online booking agent to schedule regular screenings and devise a treatment plan for wounds and ulcers on your feet.
Wound Care Q & A
When should I have my feet evaluated for wound care?
The key to preventing severe side effects from wounds on the foot is early detection of ulcers and sores through regular foot screenings. Be aware of the following warning signs that should prompt a visit to Complete Foot and Ankle:
- Skin color changes
- Elevated skin temperature
- Open sores that are slow to heal
- Ingrown or fungal toenails
- Bleeding corns and calluses
- Dry cracks in your skin, especially around the heels
- Swelling of your foot or ankle
- Pain in your legs
What causes wounds in the feet?
People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing ulcers on their feet. Poorly fitted shoes or the seam of a sock that rubs against your foot can cause a blister or wound that you may not feel if you have diminished sensation in your feet.
If you’re overweight or elderly, you’re also at a higher risk of wounds.
How can I prevent wounds to my feet?
Weight loss can help alleviate pressure on your feet and reduce your risk of developing sores. When you trim your toenails, cut them straight across to avoid creating the conditions for an ingrown toenail. If you have diabetes, inspect your feet and toes daily, looking for cuts or bruises.
Exercise also helps, as it increases circulation to encourage healing. Ensure you have correctly fitting shoes and avoid wearing tight pantyhose or knee-highs. Avoid going barefoot, wearing high heels, or donning sandals and flip-flops, which leave your feet vulnerable to injury.
How are wounds on the feet treated?
The Complete Foot and Ankle doctors know how to prevent and treat the full range of foot wounds to keep your feet healthy and strong. They might use a dressing that assists with moisture and bacteria control. Many biogenic skin graft substances may be applied to clean wounds properly and encourage speedy, effective healing.
If you’re vulnerable to wounds on your feet or notice the signs of one, call Complete Foot and Ankle for an exam and treatment today.