A foot wound, or ulcer, occurs when your outer layers of skin become damaged. This damage exposes deeper tissue of the feet. Ulcers can form due to various reasons but some of the most common are:
- Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly
- Injuries that break the skin
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Vascular disease
Like any wound on your body, if the wounds are left open and untreated, they can become infected. The wounds may not be painful but common signs of an infection are;
- Warm skin around the wound
- Thickened tissue
Patients who are at a higher risk for foot wounds or have a history of wounds that don’t heal should consult with a podiatrist regularly.
Wounds of the foot are sometimes treated by removing the unhealthy tissue from the wound to assist in healing. Depending on the situation, a patient could then be placed on antibiotics or have to wear special shoes/padding. Sometimes, surgery in a hospital may be needed to treat the wound. In advanced wounds, sometimes a wound vacuum is needed or specialized creams/ointments.
Wound care is an important part of dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, schedule a consult with Dr. Sadoughi.