If you step on a sharp object or develop a slow-healing ulcer, wound care can lower the risk of infection and speed up your body’s natural healing process. At Annapolis Foot & Ankle Center, board-certified foot and ankle surgeons use wound care to minimize the risk of gangrene and amputations.
What Is Wound Care?
In our wound care center, we diagnose, treat, and prevent cuts, puncture injuries, and leg and foot ulcers. Almost everyone experiences a wound during their life, and most respond to at-home treatments like bandaging and antibiotic ointments.
If you have diabetes or another health problem that affects your circulation, however, your wounds likely require professional treatment. That’s because circulatory issues can damage your nerves. If you injure yourself and don’t realize it, a wound may become infected, increasing the risk of tissue death or the need for amputation.
What Kinds of Medical Conditions Benefit From Foot Wound Care?
At Chesapeake Amputation Prevention Center, we use cutting-edge wound care techniques to treat foot ulcers in patients with health conditions that put them at risk for serious infection and amputation, including the following:
- Poor circulation
- Kidney failure
- High blood pressure
Even patients who don’t have one of these health issues can benefit from our wound-care services. If you step on an object like a nail or cut your foot while exercising or playing sports, it can be difficult to treat the wound, keep it clean, and bandage it effectively. In our wound care center, we will take steps to protect the injury while it heals.
What Types of Foot Wounds Do You Treat?
Chesapeake Amputation Prevention Center uses wound care to treat any type of cut, puncture, or laceration on the foot, as well as these three specific types of health-related ulcers:
Venous Stasis Ulcers
Venous stasis ulcers occur due to poor circulation, usually forming just above the ankles or on the calves. These ulcers are red or purple and ooze pus or fluids. Often, they feel warm to the touch and occur alongside swelling.
Diabetic ulcers occur due to poorly managed diabetes. They tend to develop on weight-bearing areas of the feet, like the balls or heels. Diabetic ulcers are pink, red, or black. They develop slowly and trigger symptoms like tingling, numbness, or burning pain.
Arterial (Ischemic) Ulcers
Arterial ulcers form on the heels or between the toes. They are yellow, brown, or black and rarely bleed. Arterial ulcers are the most painful type of wound. Often, they flare up at night, making it difficult to get a restful night’s sleep.
How Are Wounds Diagnosed?
When you see our wound care team, we will take a health history, ask you about your symptoms, and physically examine your feet and ankles to diagnose wounds. Most of the time, visual observation is enough to make a diagnosis. Depending on your age and health history, we might also order lab tests or diagnostic imaging.
What Does Wound Care Involve?
Our wound care treatment goes far beyond what you could do at home and even beyond what urgent care centers or primary care physicians would do for you. We use advanced tissue products to minimize the uncomfortable symptoms of open wounds and to encourage healing. Following a comprehensive exam, we might recommend the following:
- Amniotic tissue grafts
- Moist dressings
- Alginate dressings
- Collagen wound dressings
- Antimicrobial dressings
- Synthetic skin substitutes
- Composite dressings
We will schedule follow-up visits to change dressings and assess healing.
For Effective Wound Care in Central Maryland, Contact Us Today
To learn more about wound care and its benefits, make an appointment at the Chesapeake Amputation Prevention Center in Annapolis. Call for more information and to schedule a consultation, or book online today. Our experienced podiatrists are committed to comprehensive wound care for people with complicated medical conditions. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for help!