Wound Care

Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina

When you have an ankle or foot wound that doesn’t heal normally, you need specialized wound care to prevent infection. The podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, have extensive experience with foot wound care, which means they can help you heal and minimize your chances of further damage. There are 12 Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, locations throughout Southern Georgia, and South Carolina, so it’s easy to find a skilled podiatrist. Call the office nearest you or book online anytime.

Wound Care Q & A

What are foot and ankle wounds?

Foot wounds are damaged areas in your skin. Usually, serious wounds begin as a laceration or abrasion. If you have a slow-healing or chronic foot wound, it means there is damaged tissue deeper in your foot. This type of foot wound can progress to an ulcer, an open wound that doesn't heal. 

What causes wounds and ulcers?

Foot and ankle wounds and ulcers are common among people with diabetes because diabetes affects your circulation, making it harder to heal normally. Additionally, diabetes causes reduced nerve sensation in the feet, which is called diabetic neuropathy. 

Lack of sensation can make it hard to know when you have a cut or blister, and this, combined with slow healing ability, can leave people with diabetes quite vulnerable to wounds and ulcers. About 15% of people with diabetes develop foot ulcers.

Foot and ankle wounds can also develop as a result of things like:

  • Animal bites
  • Punctures
  • Surgery
  • Spider bites
  • Blisters
  • Infections

Any slow-healing or nonhealing wound needs prompt attention from the wound care experts at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC. 

How does wound care work?

The team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, employs a range of techniques to manage your foot and ankle wounds. The most important goal is healing. The sooner a wound is treated so that it begins to heal, the lower your risk for ulceration or infection. 

Your treatment may include: 

  • Off-loading: pressure relief provided by orthotics or other devices
  • Debridement: dead tissue removal
  • Dressing: topical medication and/or bandages
  • Oral medication: antibiotics if the wound is infected

If an underlying condition such as diabetes is the reason for your wound or ulcer, it's also imperative that you take steps to control your blood glucose levels. This may involve working with your primary care doctor, endocrinologist, or a registered dietitian to make dietary, lifestyle, and medication changes. Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, can partner with the rest of your diabetes care team to ensure you get comprehensive care.

If you have chronic wounds or ulcers, you’re also more likely to develop other foot problems like bunions or hammertoe. You may need separate treatment for those conditions. 

When you’re prone to foot or ankle wounds, it’s important to look after your feet and ankles at home. This includes washing and thoroughly drying your feet every day, keeping your nails trimmed, and checking your feet for cuts, blisters, or other sores daily. 

Reach out to Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, to get expert wound care. Use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment or call the office nearest you.