Wound Care Specialist

Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center -  - Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center

Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons & Podiatrists located in Annapolis, Stevensville, & Glen Burnie, MD

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 and Ankle Center, board-certified foot and ankle surgeons Eric Harmelin, DPM, and Rikhil Patel, DPM, use wound care to minimize the risk of gangrene and amputations. To schedule an appointment at the office in Annapolis, Stevensville, or Glen Burnie, Maryland, call the nearest location or book online today.

Wound Care Q & A

What is wound care?

Wound care diagnoses, treats, and prevents 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, 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 are some common issues that benefit from wound care?

Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center uses wound care to treat various ulcer-causing conditions, including:

  • Poor circulation
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Lymphedema
  • Infections
  • Tumors

You might also benefit from wound care if you step on an object like a nail or cut your foot while exercising or playing sports.

What types of wounds does wound care treat?

Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center uses wound care to treat three specific types of wounds, including:

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

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?

Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center asks about your symptoms and physically examines 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, they might also order lab tests or diagnostic imaging.

What does wound care involve?

Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center uses advanced tissue products to minimize the uncomfortable symptoms of open wounds and to encourage healing. Following a comprehensive exam, they might recommend:

  • Amniotic tissue grafts
  • Moist dressings
  • Alginate dressings
  • Collagen wound dressings
  • Debridement
  • Antimicrobial dressings
  • Synthetic skin substitutes
  • Composite dressings

To learn more about wound care and its benefits, make an appointment at Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center. Call the nearest office or book online today.

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