If you have a condition that poses a high risk for foot wounds, or you notice something that doesn’t seem to be healing, you need to see a podiatrist right away. Diabetes and other medical conditions often increase the likelihood of foot wounds becoming more serious. In some ways, you can treat foot wounds with easy homecare solutions. But if you’ve already tried some remedies to no avail, make an appointment today with the professionals at Canyon Foot + Ankle in Idaho’s Magic Valley.
Careful! Foot Wounds Can be Worse Than You Think
A foot wound, also known as a foot ulcer, sends a clear message that something is wrong. Here’s what may be happening under the surface.
Sometimes called neuropathy, nerve damage prevents some people from feeling pain in their feet, even when the injury is quite serious. This problem might also lead to infection. Foot wounds caused by nerve damage are a risk for people with diabetes—they may not notice an injury unless they’re completing routine inspections of their feet and using a mirror or a second person’s help to check areas they can’t easily see.
Individuals with diabetes, heart disease, Raynard’s disease, and other medical conditions often struggle with low blood circulation. Lack of proper blood flow to the lower extremities prohibits foot wounds from healing properly.
There may be more damage beneath the skin than above it. This means the naked eye can’t detect problems as well as a podiatrist can with medical equipment.
Treatments for Foot Wounds
At Canyon Foot + Ankle, our medical professionals treat foot wounds in various ways. We’re always happy to advise you about effective home care approaches and also offer professional treatments in our offices. Here are some of our recommendations.
Supportive Lifestyle Choices
Provide your body with the best ability to heal itself by avoiding alcohol and tobacco, exercising regularly, managing blood sugars, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Shoes that fit poorly or of lesser quality can cause foot wounds or make them worse. Reduce the potential for problems with proper footwear, moisture-wicking and/or compression socks, and custom orthotics.
Daily Washing and Visual Checks
It’s essential to develop a daily foot care routine, especially if you’re managing diabetes, that includes hands-on washing, drying, and inspection. Feet should be washed with soap and water and dried thoroughly. While your heels may benefit from lotion, avoid applying it between your toes. Also, look over your feet for:
- Nail damage
- Dry, cracked skin
- Temperature variation
- Discharge or blood in socks or shoes
If you already have a foot wound and have been advised to bandage it, be sure to change the dressing after washing and drying your feet and as otherwise directed. Your doctor may also recommend an ointment to apply to address or prevent infection.
Elevation and Rest
You may be advised to prop up your foot frequently and avoid putting too much pressure on the area to help the healing process.
MLS Laser Treatment
Laser therapy painlessly stimulates cells and increases blood flow to the affected area. This helps reduce inflammation and promote healing. This minimally invasive treatment doesn’t require surgery or needles and is often one of our top professional foot wound treatment options because sessions are quick, outpatient procedures that allow you to get back on your feet in no time.
Regular Podiatry Visits
Prevention is the best form of treatment for foot wounds, especially if you have medical issues that put you at a higher risk. Arrange for regular podiatry appointments to help manage your overall foot health responsibly.
Treating Foot Wounds: What if I Don’t See a Doctor?
A lot of people rationalize that if the wound isn’t causing a lot of pain or doesn’t look too bad, there’s no need for a podiatrist visit. However, untreated foot wounds can grow worse in a matter of hours or days and lead to:
Skip urgent care and come straight to us. We offer same-day emergency appointments.