When diabetes or a blood vessel condition affects blood flow in your lower legs and feet, a small cut quickly becomes a non-healing ulcer. Once you have an ulcer, you need intensive wound care to help it heal and prevent serious infections. The skilled podiatrists at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists treat foot and ankle ulcers using today’s most advanced dressings and products. If you have diabetes, don’t wait to seek wound healing. Call one of the offices in Mission Viejo or Laguna Hills, California, or schedule an appointment online today.
You need intensive wound care any time you have a foot or ankle wound that’s severe, infected, or doesn’t heal. Non-healing injuries occur when you have a health condition that limits blood flow to your feet. Without enough blood, the wound doesn’t get the oxygen and nutrients needed to heal.
The conditions that most often cause slow-healing or non-healing wounds are diabetes and blood vessel problems such as blockages and clots. Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists offers treatment for all types of wounds, but they specialize in diabetic foot and wound care.
If you have diabetes, a tiny cut, callus, wart, or pressure from your shoes can turn into a serious problem for two reasons:
High blood sugar damages the nerves in your feet. At first, you may experience tingling, but nerve damage leads to numbness. As a result, you don’t feel minor cuts, blisters, or sores on your feet; if you can’t feel them, you won’t treat them. The wounds then develop due to poor circulation, the second diabetic-related issue.
High blood sugar also damages the blood vessels in your feet and lower legs. The damaged blood vessels restrict blood flow, the wound doesn’t heal, and it becomes an ulcer.
Diabetic ulcers are dangerous because they break down the surrounding skin and keep getting larger. Without wound care, non-healing ulcers turn into skin and bone infections. In the worst case, the lack of blood leads to tissue death and amputation.
Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists offer comprehensive wound care that incorporates several key elements:
Removing the dead tissue in the wound prevents infection and promotes healing.
Ulcers heal faster when they stay covered with the appropriate dressing. Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists applies medications and products to prevent infections and promote healing, and use advanced dressing and skin substitutes.
Off-loading takes pressure off the wound. You may need special footgear, a brace or cast, or possibly a leg scooter or crutches.
Your provider talks with you about your diet and discusses possible medications to help control your blood sugar. They may refer you to a diabetic educator or specialist.
You receive exceptional wound care at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.