Diabetic foot ulcers affect roughly 15% of diabetics and, if left untreated, these ulcers can become serious and lead to amputation. If you notice a foot wound, contact David Magnesen, DPM, and Ryan Peterson, DPM, at Southwest Foot & Ankle in St. George, Utah, or Ely, Nevada, to get started on wound care treatment right away. Click on the request appointment tool or call either location to book your wound care evaluation as soon as possible.
Comprehensive wound care is vital to the health of your feet. While proper wound care is important for everyone, it’s particularly important if you have diabetes.
When it comes to your feet and ankles, blood circulation slows down. This is a natural side effect of aging, but it also occurs because muscles and valves have to work against the force of gravity. It’s difficult for blood to circulate in and out of your furthest extremities — your feet.
This issue is exacerbated when you have diabetes. Not only is decreased blood circulation an issue, so is nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy). Combined, these problems increase your risk of slow-healing wounds that you may be unaware of, due to numbness from nerve damage.
Wound care is important early on if wounds do occur and to treat any ulcerated tissues you have. Your wound care plan from Southwest Foot & Ankle also focuses on preventive care, so you can lower your risk of limb-threatening foot wounds in the future.
If you notice any kind of foot wound, it’s important to come in to Southwest Foot & Ankle as soon as possible for an evaluation. Without immediate medical intervention, your wound can become infected and ulcerated, which is much more complex to treat. If you’re experiencing any of the following problems, come in to either clinic soon:
Your podiatrist at Southwest Foot & Ankle spends ample time examining your wound and determining the best course of treatment for your needs.
Treating a foot wound can be simple or complex, depending on whether you have an infection and how deep the wound may be. Your dedicated podiatrist examines you thoroughly and conducts any necessary screenings — sometimes imaging is necessary — to determine the extent of your foot wound and the underlying cause.
Foot wound care can involve:
For more severe foot wounds, your podiatrist at Southwest Foot & Ankle might recommend a surgical procedure known as limb salvage. This procedure allows your podiatrist to remove damaged tissues at a deeper level and perform any necessary grafting to repair the area, which helps your foot wound thoroughly heal and often prevents an amputation.
Request your wound care examination at Southwest Foot & Ankle directly through the website. You can also call the office nearest you directly to schedule a wound care appointment.