If left untreated, foot wounds are a leading cause of amputation in those who are diabetic or who have peripheral vascular disease. If you see even a small blister develop on any part of your foot, make an appointment immediately to see Dr. Feldman. We always make room in our schedule for a diabetic emergency. As Dr. Feldman advises his patients, “A little problem can turn into a big problem very quickly with diabetics or those having peripheral vascular disease”.
Quite often a wound may start off as a simple callous or corn, which many diabetics cannot feel due to neuropathy. Neuropathy means a loss of feeling, which is common in diabetics. As you continue to walk on the lesion, it breaks through the skin becoming an ulcer. An ulcer means an open sore on your foot. It is essential to close the wound as soon as possible, to keep it from becoming infected.
Dr. Feldman takes great satisfaction in treating wound care patients, because generally they are able to be healed.
Usual treatment consists of debriding (removing nonviable tissue), dressing and offloading the wound. There are numerous advanced wound care products, such as grafts that can be applied right in the office for slow healing wounds.