If you have diabetes, you have an increased risk of ulcers or wounds that don’t heal and lead to infection. Board-certified podiatrists Lee K. Gold, DPM, and Ignazio D. Perna, DPM, in Brighton, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Taylor, and Troy, Michigan, offer wound care services to protect your feet and reduce your risk of severe infection. Call Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna, or schedule an appointment online today.
If you have diabetes or neuropathy, you have an increased risk of injuring your feet as well as high chances of infection. Neuropathy causes numbness in your feet, which means that you might not feel it right away if you injure the skin of your foot. Your injury may be left untreated, increasing your risk of infection.
Additionally, if you have diabetes, you may have reduced circulation in your extremities, which means that your feet don’t get all the oxygen and nutrients they need to support tissue repair. As a result, a small wound on your foot might not heal and could even get bigger or become infected.
Professional wound care from expert podiatrists Dr. Gold and Dr. Perna helps protect the health of your feet and reduce your risk of infection, necrosis, and amputation.
If you have diabetes, you should start to see Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna regularly. Your doctor will examine your feet and test your sensitivity and nerve function. If you have a wound, your doctor provides customized treatments to help your wound heal and prevent infection.
The podiatrists offer customized wound care options to protect your feet and overall health and well-being. In addition to keeping your wounds clean and dry with dressings and topical medicines to reduce infection, your podiatrist may suggest:
Hyperbaric wound care is an innovative treatment that floods your wound with oxygen to stimulate tissue repair at the cellular level. Hyperbaric treatments accelerate the healing process and reduce your risk of infection.
Vacuum-assisted wound closure, also referred to as wound VAC, decreases air pressure around your wound to boost your healing process. Wound VAC can pull excess fluid from your injury, which reduces swelling and helps keep it clean.
If you have a wound that has become infected and is causing necrosis, your doctor can provide debridement services to remove the dead tissue. Debridement can stop infection from spreading and reduce your risk of amputation.
If you have diabetes or are concerned about wounds on your feet, call Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna, or make an appointment online today for expert wound care services.