If you discover a wound, prompt treatment is essential toward preventing infection. It does not matter how small or “okay” the injury looks! Unfortunately, there are many cases when someone comes in too late and amputation becomes the only option.
The way we proceed with wound care will largely depend on the area of the foot that needs treated, whether there are any signs of infection, whether blood sugar is currently under control, and the status of circulation to the feet.
In many cases, dead and diseased tissue will be removed from the wound (called debridement). Medications will also often be prescribed to help fight infection. This may take the form of ointments or oral medications.
Once immediate factors are addressed, we may have to take care of secondary factors as well. We may need to offload weight from the area of a wound to allow it better opportunity to heal. This might involve the use of a brace, boot, or orthotics. If there are any other factors that are contributing to injury risks, those must be taken care of as well.
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