If you have a foot wound that won’t heal, it’s important to see a podiatrist. They have a variety of treatments available to help your foot wound heal quickly and properly. One type of treatment is debridement, a surgical procedure that the experienced podiatrists at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists use to remove damaged or infected tissue from the wound site.
Understanding Surgical Debridement and When Podiatrists Use it
Surgical debridement is a procedure that involves removing dead tissue as well as foreign particles, such as dirt or debris, from the area around a wound on the foot. This helps promote healing by removing bacteria and other organisms that can cause infection while stimulating new tissue growth.
Debriding a foot wound is important because it helps to reduce inflammation and encourages healthy cell growth. When damaged or infected tissue is removed from the affected area, healthy cells can move in and begin repairing the area more quickly. In addition, debridement helps reduce pain associated with the wound and prevent further complications from developing due to infection or inflammation.
Surgical debridement is often needed when someone has a deep, open wound or an ulcer on their foot that hasn’t healed despite traditional treatments such as antibiotics or dressings. A slow-healing wound is especially common in those with diabetes or peripheral artery disease and suffer from poor circulation in their feet.
The Two Main Types of Debridement
- Surgical. Surgical debridement involves cutting away dead tissue with sharp instruments such as scalpels and scissors. This type of procedure typically requires anesthesia, so the patient remains comfortable during treatment.
- Non-surgical. Non-surgical debridement uses chemical or mechanical means to remove dead tissue. This type of procedure does not typically require anesthesia as it does not involve cutting away tissue.
Depending on the severity of your foot wound, your doctor will recommend the best option for debridement based on your specific condition.
Although debridement has many benefits, it does carry some risks, including bleeding, infection, blood clots, nerve damage, and scarring. Discussing all potential risks with your doctor before undergoing this type of procedure is essential.
Additionally, this type of surgery should only be performed by a qualified medical professional with experience performing these types of foot procedures. Doing it yourself can cause further damage or lead to infection.
Dangers of Foot Wounds and Ways to Prevent Them
Without proper treatment from an experienced podiatrist, foot wounds can become infected, lead to gangrene, and even lead to amputation in extreme cases. Therefore, it is crucial to get prompt treatment for any foot wound you have.
Not all foot wounds can be prevented, but there are certain steps you can take to avoid them. Taking good care of your feet is essential. Here are some prevention tips that can help keep your feet healthy and free of ulcers and wounds:
- Maintain proper foot hygiene. The most crucial step in preventing foot wounds is maintaining proper foot hygiene. This means keeping your feet clean by washing them with soap and warm water at least once daily. You should also moisturize your feet; however, don’t apply lotion between your toes.
- Keep your feet dry. Moisture is an ideal environment for bacteria and fungi to grow. Make sure you keep your feet dry throughout the day by wearing socks made from breathable materials such as cotton or wool and changing them regularly if necessary. If you have sweaty feet, try using an antiperspirant on them before putting on socks and shoes.
- Wear appropriate shoes. The shoes you wear play a major role in protecting your feet from wounds. Shoes that fit correctly are essential. If the shoes you are wearing are too small, this can lead to blisters, calluses, and other painful ailments. Shoes that are too large can be just as bad since your foot may slide around inside them. This friction can lead to wounds. You will also want to avoid walking barefoot since you could injure the bottoms of your feet. If you have reduced sensation in your feet, an injury could go undetected and lead to serious complications.
- Check your feet regularly. It is important to check your feet regularly for any signs of irritation or injury, so any potential problems can be addressed before they become serious issues. Examine your feet closely to look out for signs such as redness, swelling, pain, or tenderness, all of which could indicate an infection or other ailment. If you notice any signs of a problem or abnormality, be sure to contact a podiatrist immediately.
- Never treat your own feet. If you have an ingrown toenail or a corn or callus, you may be temped to treat it yourself. But it’s best not to become a “bathroom doctor” and perform your own procedures. Especially, it’s important not to clean and bandage your own foot wound. It’s important to have a podiatrist perform foot care treatment, particularly if you’re a diabetic.
Additionally, it is important to stay up to date with routine podiatry checkups, so any issues can be addressed immediately before they become more serious later.
Contact Our Experienced Podiatrists Today
At Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists, our experienced team of skilled and caring podiatrists specializes in treating all types of foot wounds. We offer surgical debridement procedures performed by experienced doctors using advanced techniques, resulting in faster healing times with minimal scarring.
If you have a foot wound that needs to be treated, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation today. We can evaluate your foot wound and create a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs and perform procedures such as surgical debridement, if necessary. To request an appointment, please contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient contact form online or calling our office at 817-481-4000.