When to Seek Medical Care From Our Annapolis Foot Doctors

Most people can take care of wounds at home by keeping the area clean, applying antibiotic cream, and covering it with a bandage. However, if you have underlying medical conditions that interfere with healing or your condition worsens, it’s important to have a professional podiatry exam right away. 

If you notice any of the following symptoms, call for a same-day appointment in any of our three Central Maryland offices

Chronic Wounds and Ongoing Inflammation

Foot and ankle ulcers and other wounds might heal very slowly or not at all. The injury may scab over repeatedly, but never rebuild healthy tissues and new skin. This means your condition is still in the inflammation stage—and if it’s still not progressing after about four weeks, it’s time for specialized treatment. 


If you think infection is slowing your foot wound recovery, don’t hesitate to get proper care, as infections can spread to other parts of the body. Signs of infection include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Skin that feels hot 
  • Oozing pus or liquid
  • Dark skin around the edges of the wound
  • Foul smell

Potential Consequences of Ignoring Foot Wounds

Although it’s easy to think time heals all wounds, this isn’t always the case in more severe circumstances. If you don’t experience the critical proliferative and remodeling stages referenced above, it’s crucially important for professional medical care to avoid serious, life-altering consequences, especially for people with diabetes and foot ulcers.


If an infection becomes too severe to manage with outpatient care, it may become necessary for you to have inpatient treatment for the condition. This is especially true if someone develops or is likely to develop sepsis—an extreme immune reaction to infection that results in additional complications throughout your body. 


To prevent the septicemia from spreading and save the life of the patient, it may be necessary to amputate the injured area. Even with assistive devices, this result can lead to decreased mobility and poorer quality of life.


The longer a patient waits to get care, the more difficult it can be to control the infection. When the blood, essential organs, and bone are contaminated, it’s life-threatening.

How Our Chesapeake Amputation Prevention Center Can Help

At Annapolis Foot & Ankle Center, our amputation prevention specialists utilize a wide range of treatments to help our patients throughout Central Maryland who are struggling with wounds that aren’t healing normally. This includes traditional treatments and the latest medical advances, such as:

We have the advanced therapies diabetics and other wound management patients need to recover and regain mobility. Whether you’re dealing with a new injury or a complicated foot wound recovery, we’ll provide exceptional attention and detailed care to promote better health.

Eric Harmelin, DPM
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Experienced Amputation Prevention Specialist and Podiatrist in Annapolis, Stevensville, and Glen Burnie, MD.
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