As a podiatrist with an emphasis on foot wound care, I have seen a variety of foot injuries and disorders, with diabetic foot ulcers standing out as a particularly complex and difficult problem. Foot wounds can have a serious influence on a person's quality of life, whether they are the consequence of accidents, infections, or chronic diseases. However, due to their propensity for delayed healing and the potential for serious consequences, diabetic foot ulcers in particular require special attention and skill. My goal in this specialized sector is to offer all-encompassing care, preventative measures, and customized therapies to achieve the greatest outcomes for clients living with foot wounds, especially those with diabetes.
Complications From Foot Wounds
We often treat patients in our office that have an infected wound or worse- they need an amputation. I want to prevent foot amputations! Other health care providers may not understand the complexity of foot wounds. They will treat the wound, as aany other wound, but foot wounds are very different. Foot wounds need to be treated differently! The first step, off load the weight. When treating a foot wound, it is essential that people do not walk on it or put any weight on the wound.
Why Trust a Podiatrist for Foot Wounds
We provide wound care from a surgeon that understands the biomechanics of a wound and has all access to wound care. Non surgical wound care does not understand the off loading and do partial amputations. Wounds on the foot are different than anywhere else. Podiatric surgeons understand the biomechanics of the foot. It's important to take the pressure off of the foot when treating wound care such as casting the foot, using crutches. This takes the pressure off of the wound, thus helping with the healing. Other places usually do not do this. The wound can continue to get infected if they are not taking off the pressure. If you never stay off the foot, it can't heal. We are an amputation prevention clinic. Diabetic wound care expert.
How Does a Podiatrist Treat Wounds
A podiatrist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of various foot and ankle problems, including foot wounds. When it comes to foot wounds, a podiatrist plays a crucial role in assessing, treating, and helping patients heal. Here's how a podiatrist treats foot wounds.
Evaluation and Diagnosis
Podiatrists begin by thoroughly examining the wound, its location, size, depth, and any associated symptoms. They may also assess the patient's medical history and overall health to identify underlying conditions that could affect wound healing.
Cleaning and Debridement
If the wound is dirty or contains foreign objects or dead tissue, a wound care podiatrist will clean it and remove any debris through a process called debridement. This helps create a clean and conducive environment for healing.
If there are signs of infection of the wound, such as redness, swelling, warmth, or pus, a podiatrist will prescribe antibiotics or other treatments to control the infection.
Podiatrists will apply appropriate wound dressings to protect the wound and promote healing. This may involve using sterile gauze, specialized wound dressings, or even negative pressure wound therapy in more severe cases.
In cases where pressure or friction contributed to the wound's development (e.g., diabetic foot ulcers), a wound care specialist will recommend offloading techniques. This can involve the use of orthotic devices, braces, or special footwear to reduce pressure on the affected area.
Education and Prevention
Podiatrists educate patients on proper wound care and provide guidance on how to prevent future foot wounds. This may include advice on foot hygiene, proper footwear selection, and lifestyle modifications.
Monitoring and Follow-up
Podiatrists closely monitor the wound's progress during follow-up appointments. They may adjust the treatment plan as needed based on the healing response.
In cases of severe or non-healing wounds, surgical procedures may be necessary. Podiatrists can perform procedures such as wound debridement, tissue grafts, or even amputation if it's the only option to save the patient's life or limb.
Collaborating with Other Healthcare Providers
Podiatrists often work as part of a multidisciplinary team, collaborating with other healthcare professionals like vascular surgeons, infectious disease specialists, and physical therapists to ensure comprehensive care for patients with foot wounds.