When your immune system is healthy and vigorous, wounds heal easily on their own. But sometimes an underlying medical condition can cause pain and problems that need the specialized care of a podiatrist. At AHP Foot & Wound Care Specialists in Indianapolis, Dr. Todd Mann and Dr. An Tran treat patients with all types of lower extremity wounds including diabetic ulcer, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, arterial ulcers as well as wounds caused from trauma.
Wound Care Q & A
What causes foot wounds?
An accident or injury can cause wounds on the feet, but sores or infections that don’t heal in a reasonable amount of time are usually caused by an underlying medical condition, like diabetes.
Diabetic foot wounds manifest as ulcers or open sores, usually on the bottom of the feet. When these ulcers form, this can lead to an infection of the underlying tissue and sometimes the bone.
In addition to diabetes, other causes of foot wounds can include peripheral vascular disease, venous insufficiency, pressure, and trauma.
When should I see a podiatrist?
Since foot wounds can easily become infected and create serious health issues, it’s important to see a podiatrist if:
- You suspect your wound has become infected
- The wound is not showing signs of healing
- You have diabetes, neuropathy, or poor circulation
- You have chronic pain (or also if the wound is not painful at all)
- There are signs of inflammation, such as redness and swelling
- You experience numbness, which can be a sign of nerve damage
- You notice pus or discharge coming from the wound
The danger with diabetes-related foot wounds — or those caused by some other medical condition — is that they may be painless, but still disastrous to your health.
How does a podiatrist treat wounds?
Whether it’s a foot, leg, or ankle wound, Dr. Mann and Dr. Tran can diagnose the problem and set you on a proper course of treatment
Depending on your wound's severity, treatment might include:
- Antibiotics. A course of antibiotics can treat infected wounds.
- Surgical debridement. Surgical removal of infected or nonviable tissue may be necessary to allow the wound to heal.
- Off-loading. Dr. Mann and Dr. Tran might suggest a rest-and-recover approach. By keeping weight off your feet and legs, the wound can often heal faster.
- Topical medications. There are many topical wound care products that can help with healing. Dr. Mann and Dr. Tran will prescribe the treatment best suited to your unique condition.
Those with diabetes should aim to keep their blood sugar (blood glucose) under control, as high blood glucose levels can slow or prevent wound healing.
By keeping your wound dressing clean and following the doctor's instructions, you’ll be on a faster road to recovery.
Book your appointment with AHP Foot & Wound Care Specialists today.