Wound care stimulates the healing of foot and ankle-area wounds and ulcers. At Modern Podiatry in Hampton and Atlanta, Georgia, wound care specialist Kibibi Wanzu, DPM, and the expert team also including Brittany C. Sumpter, DPM, and Ronderick Williamson, DPM, offer wound care and foot and limb salvage to encourage rapid recovery and prevent you from needing an amputation. To learn more about the healing treatments for wounds, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Wound care helps you heal when you have cuts, blisters, punctures, or sores on your foot or ankle. At Modern Podiatry, the experienced team of wound care providers offers this type of care in their Hampton office.
During wound care appointments at Modern Podiatry, the team examines your feet and cleans the wound carefully. They may perform debridement, in which they remove dead or infected skin to prevent damage from spreading.
Wound care usually involves topical application of healing solutions and a sterile dressing. If your wound is too large to close naturally, the team may apply a restorative cell therapy product to help stimulate tissue regrowth.
Or, in some cases, you could be a good candidate for a skin graft, which replaces missing skin with your own skin (from another area in your body), donor tissue, or artificial tissue.
There are other ways to stimulate wound healing as well, such as oxygen therapy. Your wound care will typically involve several strategies in the office along with maintenance treatments you’ll do at home.
While everyone with foot wounds needs proper care to stimulate healing, some wounds can heal with simple, at-home treatments. For example, very minor lacerations, corns, or blisters are usually easy for the average healthy person to treat at home.
However, people with diabetes and chronic venous insufficiency don’t get enough oxygenated blood to their feet. This makes healing from any wound a difficult (and often long) process. While waiting for wounds to heal, you’re more susceptible to infection and serious complications.
Infections can destroy the tissue in and around the wound. Eventually, this severe damage can lead to an amputation. Up to 90% of non-traumatic amputations are related to diabetes or vascular diseases like chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
Wound care, if started early, can reverse the damage. But, if you do end up with severe foot ulcers and a high risk of amputation, Modern Podiatry can still help. The team performs foot and limb salvage procedures that can help you remain mobile and active.
At Modern Podiatry, the team of podiatry care providers has specialized experience in managing diabetic and vascular foot and ankle wounds using the most effective, modern techniques. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.