If you are diabetic and have a foot wound that is not healing properly, don’t wait to seek treatment until it becomes a bigger problem. Treating wounds in their earliest stages is important and can make a difference in how quickly the wound improves.
If you notice an ulcer on your foot, consult our Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area podiatrist who is trained in diabetic wound care as soon as possible. Waiting to get help for a foot ulcer can lead to serious complications such as infection and amputation.
The Dangers of Not Treating Foot Wounds
People with diabetes are at risk for foot ulcers and wounds due to poor circulation and/or reduced sensation in their feet. A foot wound should never be ignored since it can lead to a serious complication if left untreated. Diabetes can often cause a wound to heal slowly or not at all. Complications that can occur from a foot wound include:
- Infection of the surrounding tissue or bone
- Blood infection
- Infection that spreads to the deep layers of the skin
- Amputation of the affected toe or foot
If you notice a wound on your foot, seek immediate medical attention. You should never attempt to care for wounds at home without consulting a doctor. Our Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area podiatrist can evaluate the wound and recommend treatment based on your specific needs. The faster a wound heals, the less risk of infection and other complications.
Foot Wound Treatment Options in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area
Managing your blood sugar and keeping it under control can reduce your risk of a foot wound.
However, if you develop one, our Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area podiatrist may recommend the following treatment:
- Cleaning the ulcer daily with a mild soap and warm water
- Covering the wound using a loose dressing or bandage to keep out germs and bacteria
- Applying topical medication to help with healing and infection
- Keeping pressure off the wound by using padding or a walking aid such as crutches
- Debriding the area in severe cases by using a scalpel to remove dead skin and tissue
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If the ulcer is severely infected, antibiotics may be prescribed and hospitalization may be necessary to help care for the wound.
When to Get a Second Opinion on Your Foot Wound
If the wound on your foot is not healing or is worsening and your current plan of treatment is not effective, you may want to get a second opinion. If you do not feel confident with your current doctor or their treatment recommendations, seeking the opinion of our Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area podiatrist may give you the results you need.
Contact Our Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area Podiatrist Today!
If you have a wound on your foot that is not healing or have questions about caring for your feet, contact our Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area podiatrist for a consultation right away. To schedule an appointment in our Grapevine or Keller office, fill out our convenient contact form, or call us today.