Even small cuts on your feet can cause big problems, especially if you have diabetes. At Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center, board-certified podiatrists Jay Mukker, DPM, FABPM, CWSP, and Gavin Lee, DPM, offer comprehensive wound care services for diabetic ulcers, sports injuries, and other causes of open wounds. They focus on preventing infection and other complications leading to permanent tissue damage. Call the office in Fresno or Madera, California, to schedule a wound care appointment or book online today.
Open wounds on your feet require proper medical care to prevent infections and other complications.
At Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center, the foot and ankle specialists offer complete wound care services to lower your infection risk and pain. Services include:
The skilled podiatrists also can perform surgery to remove infected tissue or to address structural issues in the feet, such as hammertoes, that increase your risk for pressure sores and recurrent ulcers.
Open wounds and ulcers on your feet can develop after trauma from sports or other injuries.
You might also be at increased risk for recurrent foot ulcers if you have diabetes. Untreated diabetes can damage nerves in your feet, so you might not feel wounds until they become infected.
Schedule a diagnostic evaluation of any open wounds on your feet, especially if you have diabetes or another health condition that increases your risk for foot ulcers. You also need a medical evaluation if you have wounds on your feet that produce discharge or bleeding.
The sooner you get treatment, the lower your risk of infection.
During your initial wound care evaluation, your Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center provider checks your foot for signs of infection or other complications. Depending on the severity of your wound, they may start by cleaning the area with an antiseptic solution.
If the infected tissue is present, your provider can remove it during a debridement procedure. You might also need another procedure to drain excess fluids from your foot. They then apply a bandage over the wound to protect your skin and help it heal.
To prevent additional wounds, you may benefit from custom orthotics that prevent your shoes from rubbing against your skin and reduce pressure on your feet.
If you have recurrent wounds due to hammertoes or other structural issues in your foot, your provider can discuss your options for surgery to shave or remove excess bone or scar tissue.
To schedule a wound care evaluation, call the Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center office near you or book an appointment online today.