Wounds on the foot that are open sores or ulcers can be caused by a variety of factors. Those who are diabetic may have foot wounds due to poor circulation or neuropathy. If you notice a wound on your foot, it is important to care for it properly, so it doesn’t become a bigger problem. Caring for your foot wound

Diabetic Foot Exams

Doing a self-exam of your feet daily is essential when you have certain medical conditions, especially diabetes. Looking for any problems or abnormalities on your feet can help you detect them at their earliest stages before they turn into something bigger and lead to serious complications such as infection.

To do a self-exam of your feet, you want to be in a well-lighted area. Sit in a chair and lift your foot over your opposite leg and look at every part of your foot and between your toes. If you are unable to see an area, use a mirror or ask a friend for help. You want to pay close attention to any open sores, blisters, or ulcers as well as dry or cracked skin.

Caring for a Foot Wound

If you notice a wound on your foot, you should seek immediate treatment. The goal of treating a foot wound is to reduce the risk of infection which can lead to serious complications such as amputation. A podiatrist will diagnose and evaluate the severity of the wound and recommend treatment based on your specific condition and needs.

Home Care for Your Foot Wound

  • Clean the wound with cool water and a mild soap to remove any dirt or debris
  • Cover the wound with a dressing or bandage
  • Keep pressure off the wound

If you have diabetes, you will want to consult with a podiatrist to have the wound evaluated and treated properly.

Possible Treatment

  • Using antibiotics either orally or topically to prevent infection
  • Keeping the wound covered to prevent germs and bacteria from entering the open sore
  • Using pain medication, if needed
  • Offloading to keep pressure off the foot
  • Debriding to remove dead tissue from the wound and promote new tissue growth and healing

If a wound is not healing and responding to conservative treatments, surgery may be needed.

Contact an Experienced Texas Podiatrist

If you have developed a wound on your foot, Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists can help. To request an appointment or a consultation, contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient online contact form or by calling our office at 817-481-4000.

 

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