Wound Care for the Foot and Ankle
At our practice, we understand the importance of proper wound care for the lower leg and foot. Ulcers on the foot may not always come with pain, but they are serious conditions that should be evaluated by a medical professional. The symptoms of ulcers may include drainage, or red, inflamed tissue. To properly diagnose and develop a treatment plan, x-rays may be ordered.
Chronic or nonhealing foot or leg wounds can indicate an underlying health issue and should not be ignored. Our team of experts is equipped to provide both conservative and surgical wound care treatments to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients.
- The leg or foot appears red, yellow, brown, or gray.
- Swollen or bloody legs.
- Skin appears hard, tight, or shiny.
- Dry, scaly skin
- Fluid-filled blisters
- Rash and redness
What are the causes
The most common causes is Peripheral Arterial Disease, Diabetes and Skin Conditions
Another reason why a lower leg wound might not be healing is because of not getting enough blood supply to your feet. If you have issues with your arteries, its essential you see a vascular doctor. A simple in office test can be done to screen for blood flow issues.
What can I do
If you have a wound or sore that isn't healing, make an appointment today.
Preventative measures against the risk of ulcers include regular foot and leg examinations, good glycemic control and proper shoewear. Compression therapy also improves blood supply, whether its bandaging or wearing compression socks.
Advanced Wound Care Techniques
In addition to traditional wound care methods, we also offer advanced techniques such as wound grafts, class IV laser therapy, and ultra mist to promote healing and prevent recurrence. Class IV laser therapy is a painless therapy used to improve blood flow, reduce pain, and stimulate wound healing. Not only does laser therapy improve blood flow, it is anti-inflammatory, and stimulates fibroblasts which are the building blocks of collagen. Collagen is an essential protein required to repair tissue injuries.
Ultra mist is a painless, noncontact ultrasound wound healing therapy used to promote wound healing.
Our goal is not only to heal your wound, but also prevent it from coming back. Trust us to provide the best care for your foot and ankle wounds.
If you are experiencing symptoms of ulcers or chronic or nonhealing foot or leg wounds, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. We are here to help you recover and get back to your daily activities as soon as possible.