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The Progression of Foot Ulcer Stages

Foot ulcers, a common complication among individuals with diabetes or circulatory issues, undergo distinct stages as they develop and heal. These stages offer insights into the severity of the ulcer. Podiatrists can use the stages as a guide for treatment decisions. Initially, ulcers may start as redness or irritation on the skin, indicating early-stage ulcer formation. As the condition progresses, the ulcer may deepen, forming an open sore or wound. At this stage, infection becomes a significant concern that requires prompt medical attention to prevent complications. Without proper treatment, ulcers can advance to deeper tissue layers, exposing tendons, bones, or joints. This stage poses a heightened risk of severe infection and potential limb loss, underscoring the importance of vigilant wound care and regular monitoring. If you are diabetic and you develop a foot wound, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with proper wound care treatment.

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 one of our podiatrists from Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas. Our doctors 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 offices located in River Oaks and Sharpstown in Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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