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The Danger of Chronic Skin Wounds

A chronic skin wound fails to heal within a normal time frame or does not heal at all, or has healed and reoccurred. Chronic skin wounds are often a complication of diabetes or certain types of vascular disease, but they may also occur from trauma, surgery, deep burns, infection, skin cancers, and more. A chronic skin wound is a potentially dangerous condition and must be treated by a professional. A podiatrist should be consulted if you develop a chronic skin wound on your feet, ankles, or lower leg. After reviewing your medical history and performing a thorough physical exam, your podiatrist may need to perform and/or analyze different types of lab tests to identify the type of wound and its underlying factors. Podiatrists treat wounds with a variety of methods and procedures depending on their cause and severity and your health. If you have developed a fever or increased pain, or your wound is bleeding or has pus or other discharge, see a podiatrist immediately.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. Tek Fish from Clover Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Camas, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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