What is a wound?
A wound is breakdown in skin, which can be acute or chronic, caused by cut, chemicals, surgery, trauma or diseases such as; venous insufficiency, neuropathy and diabetes. At the Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, we can diagnose and treat wounds of many types.
What are some causes of ulcers on feet?
- Foot type, Mechanical
- Arterial disease
- Venous insufficiency
What are the stages of wound healing?
Why won’t my wound heal?
- Uncontrolled Diabetes
- Excessive Pressure
- Poor Nutrition
- Venous insufficiency, Edema
- Poor Arterial circulation
Above are all some of the reasons, why foot ulcers, leg ulcers, heel wounds are slow to heal. This why wound healing requires special attention to etiology of wounds and a team of experts who are dedicated to healing you and your wounds.
Our Doctors believe correctly identifying the etiology of a wound as well as the local and systemic factors that may be contributing to poor wound healing is the key to successful wound treatment.
What is the complication of having an open wound?
Wounds that are left untreated can have long- term consequences such as cellulitis, Necrotizing Fasciitis, and amputation.
Am I at risk for a foot infection?
There are several risk factors. Does your wound penetrate to the level of bone? Have you had this foot ulcer > 30 days, Are you frequently getting ulcers on feet? Did you have a traumatic injury that may have caused a cut or burn?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions you may be at a higher risk for infection, and should seek foot wound care.
When to contact our expert doctors at Foot, Ankle and Leg Vein Center?
If you have a foot or leg ulcer, contact our expert doctors to schedule an appointment, to make a wound-healing regimen that is right for you.
Ulcers on feet and legs need wound care treatment that can heal them as fast as possible and we are able to do that by using multidisciplinary approach and treating the etiology of the wound. Wound Care management often requires a subtle balance between medical and surgical interventions.
What are some good wound care practices?
Some wound care practices our office uses to get you healing quicker include but not limited to:
- Debridement of your foot or leg ulcer
- Infection Control
- Optimizing vascularity
- Edema control
- Off-loading pressure ulcers
- Appropriate use of wound care products
- Adequate nutrition
- Tight glycemic control
If you have questions or suspect you may need foot or leg ulcer treatment, please call our wound care center today!
TREATMENT OF VENOUS ULCERATIONS
One of the most common causes of the wound on the inside of the lower leg or ankle Is due to venous insufficiency. Due to the buildup of pressure from poor circulation and pooling of blood around the foot and ankle, the skin becomes extremely week. Over time this weak skin can break down and the wound has developed. Treatment of the wound is through compression therapy, skin grafting, and wound management, and most importantly addressing the underlying vein insufficiency. If you have experienced bleeding vessel that has burst or open contact us immediately. This is performed by Dr. Schoenhaus in the office and has been shown to quickly and effectively heal vein ulcerations and most importantly prevent reoccurrence.