Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Fort Worth and Weatherford, TX
Wounds can affect any part of your body, including your feet. People with diabetes and vascular problems are especially at risk for developing nonhealing foot wounds. Without proper wound care, foot ulcers may lead to serious infections or limb amputation. The team at Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists in Fort Worth, Texas, includes podiatrists with training in limb salvage and diabetic wound care, as well as fellowship training in advanced orthoplastic surgery. For expert wound care from a highly skilled team, call the office, or schedule an appointment online today.
Wound care refers to the medical and surgical treatments for wounds. A wound is an injury to the skin, the tissues underneath the skin, or both.
Wounds may result from surgery or an injury. When you have wounds on your feet, you may need wound care from the experts at Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists.
The blood vessels in the feet are tiny, which may affect wound healing. When you have a foot or toe wound that fails to heal, you may be at greater risk of developing an infection.
The team at Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists includes podiatrists with advanced training in limb salvage (preventing limb amputation) and wound care for people with diabetes.
Anyone with a wound that fails to start healing within two weeks or fails to fully heal within six weeks needs wound care.
However, if you have a history of diabetes, peripheral artery disease (PAD), or peripheral vascular disease (PVD), you need wound care for any foot or toe injury right away.
People with diabetes are at risk of developing serious complications from a foot or toe ulcer. Diabetes causes high blood sugar, which damages blood vessels (affecting circulation) and nerves (affecting sensation).
If you have nerve damage — neuropathy — you may not realize you have a foot or toe injury. And with poor circulation, the wound may not heal, leading to an infection and possible limb amputation.
PAD and PVD also affect circulation to the feet, which may impair wound healing.
You can expect compassionate treatment from the team at Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists when you come in for wound care. The specifics of your wound care may depend on the severity of your wound and your medical history.
Initial treatment may include:
The team has you come in regularly so they can continue to clean and care for your wound until it fully heals.
For more serious wounds, the team may perform advanced orthoplastic surgery such as muscle flap or skin grafting to cover the wound and encourage healing. Treatment focuses on limb salvage.
To schedule a wound care appointment, call Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists, or book online today.