Your circulatory system works hard to deliver nutrient-rich blood to your feet and ankles, but because your heart pumps against the force of gravity, wounds in your lower extremities don’t always heal efficiently. The team of skilled podiatrists at Hoosier Foot & Ankle have extensive experience in foot wound care for minor to complex injuries. Since the team has five convenient locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area, you have an office nearby. Book your wound care evaluation either online or over the phone.
When you have an injury, your body starts a cascade of steps to heal the wound. Red blood cells coagulate and help close up the open wound while creating new connective tissue called collagen. Over time, the injury fills up with new tissue and eventually gets covered over with a fresh layer of skin.
This process doesn’t always go so smoothly in your feet, ankles, and lower legs, though, simply because your circulatory system is fighting against gravity. Plus, if you have chronic conditions like diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, or similar ailments, you risk having vein damage, which can intensify wound-healing issues due to circulation problems.
To make matters worse, these chronic health conditions — especially diabetes — can increase your risk of permanent nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy). So you might not even be able to feel that you have a foot wound until it develops into a serious issue. Because foot wounds can quickly turn from minor to serious, you should always have them looked at right away.
If you have a chronic health issue, including hypertension and diabetes, it’s important to visit your podiatrist any time you have a foot wound. It’s particularly essential to visit with the team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle if your wound is:
Because foot wounds can lead to tissue damage and gangrene, check your feet daily for signs of wounds and schedule an evaluation at the first sign of a problem. If left untreated, gangrene and severe infections can lead to amputations.
The team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle offers advanced foot wound care solutions, so you can feel confident that you’re going to get the treatment you need. Your wound care plan may include:
Your dedicated podiatrist at Hoosier Foot & Ankle can even care for traumatic wounds and severely infected ulcers. The team offers flexible scheduling for wound care, so you can get the treatment you need right away.
While you can’t prevent every foot wound from occurring, your dedicated podiatry team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle can help you learn to prevent further issues, especially if you have a history of foot wounds. Some of the best ways to prevent foot wounds include:
To minimize issues with dry skin and cracking, which can open you up to infection, your podiatrist can help you find an effective moisturizing cream.
If you have an open wound on your foot, book an evaluation at Hoosier Foot & Ankle right away. Click on the online scheduler or call your closest clinic.