Wound care involves keeping your wound clean and well-wrapped so it has the chance to heal properly. The board-certified podiatrists at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care in Madison Heights, Troy, Commerce Township, and South Lyon, Michigan, treat wounds and ulcers of the feet and ankles. Schedule your evaluation by calling the closest office or booking an appointment online today.
Wound care is the maintenance that ulcers and other open wounds need in order to heal properly and avoid infections. It involves a few different steps with a common goal of keeping the wound clean and promoting its healing.
Each time you come in for wound care at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care, the team examines your wound and checks its progress in healing. They also give you careful instructions to use at home between visits.
Initially, the team examines the wound and tells you which type you have. It might be a pressure ulcer, a puncture wound, or a laceration (deep cut).
Some wounds are minor enough to heal on their own without complication. This requires good blood circulation in the area and a well-functioning cell-regeneration process. If your wound is large or doesn’t seem to heal on its own, the team at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care can treat it.
Leg and foot ulcers are especially common in individuals with diabetes. Because of diabetic neuropathy, you might not feel a foot or leg injury when it develops.
For this reason, you should check your legs and feet every day for ulcers or any other changes. Diabetes also impacts the healing process for these ulcers, which makes wound care even more necessary.
Diabetes isn’t the only reason why you might develop a foot wound or ulcer and need wound care as a result. Ulcers on the feet can also appear because of poor circulation in your legs and feet or prolonged areas of pressure on the feet and legs, such as bed sores.
Additionally, the team at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care provides wound care for wounds of the feet from car accidents, work accidents, and other occurrences.
Gentle Foot and Ankle Care provides exceptional wound care for foot and ankle wounds at all stages of the healing process. Your wound care may or may not involve all of these steps depending on the type of wound and other factors:
Your provider might also prescribe or use antibiotics in your treatment. While they don’t promote the healing process directly, they treat infections from bacteria entering the wound site.
Learn more about wound care for wounds and ulcers of the feet and ankles by calling Gentle Foot and Ankle Care or by booking an appointment online today.