Non Diabetic Foot Wounds
Foot and ankle infections, while less common in nondiabetic individuals, require prompt recognition and treatment. Patients with these types of infections often experience symptoms such as pain, swelling, reddening, and visible foot wounds. Medical conditions like renal insufficiency or inflammatory diseases can compromise immunity. Persistent reddening of the skin may indicate cellulitis. It is important to inspect the foot for calluses, blisters, and wounds as well as assess the wound size, depth, and any exposed tendons. A joint examination is necessary to evaluate motion and stability. Neuropathy can develop in nondiabetic individuals due to various factors. Imaging, lab tests, and culturing soft tissue or fluid can assist in diagnosis. Nail disorders require specific consideration. Cellulitis responds to antibiotics, while necrotizing fasciitis demands surgical intervention. Timely diagnosis and treatment are important in managing foot and ankle infections in nondiabetic individuals. If you have a foot wound that is not healing, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for evaluation and 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 the podiatrists from Boston Common Podiatry. 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 office located in Boston, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.