If you have a foot ulcer, it can make mobility difficult or feel impossible. It is especially debilitating for people who work on their feet, such as in-store sales reps, construction workers and nurses. Proper wound care may alleviate many of the symptoms you experience, so you can return to your normal life more quickly.
A foot ulcer is an open sore that does not heal or is healing very slowly. The depth of the ulcer can range from a shallow indentation to a deep hole. In some cases, the ulcer penetrates so deep that it comes into contact with bones, tendons and muscle.
When you arrive at Greenville Foot & Ankle, one of the first things we will attempt to do is determine why you have an ulcer. One of the biggest culprits is diabetes. While diabetic foot ulcers are often the cause, it is not the only illness that can put you at risk. Here are some additional potential causes:
It’s terrifying how quickly time can pass when you decide to treat an illness at home. Before you know it, you have forgotten when it happened and the conditions that were present when it started. If you continue to let the wound go untreated, it could develop the following complications:
If you experience pain, your doctor may treat the pain first. The next order of business is determining if a serious infection exists. When there is good circulation, the doctor may focus on wound care. When poor circulation creates the problem or the ulcer has become too serious, surgery might become necessary.
Let us help you ensure your foot wound does not lead to amputation or other long-term consequences. Schedule your appointment at Greenville Foot & Ankle today.