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Wound Care Specialist

InStride Family Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Concord, NC & Charlotte, NC

A simple foot wound can turn into an ulcer quickly when you have diabetes, which can lead to a limb-threatening infection. If you have diabetes and have an open wound, schedule an exam at InStride Family Foot Care, which boasts locations in Albemarle, Concord, Matthews, Wake Forest, Gastonia, and Monroe, as well as two clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina. Early intervention and comprehensive wound care are critical for foot health. You can book a wound care appointment through the website, but if you need to be seen right away, please call the clinic nearest you directly.

Wound Care Q&A

Why is wound care important?

Wound care is vital for the health of your feet. Anytime someone suffers from a wound in their feet, it can become problematic because of the limited blood flow. After all, your feet are the furthest areas from your heart and your circulatory system has to work against the effects of gravity.

When it comes to diabetic patients though, the concern is even greater. Poor circulation from diabetes means that your skin isn’t getting vital oxygen and nutrients. Your skin can dry out, crack, and heal very slowly, which increases your risk of a serious infection.

The goal of wound care is to prevent serious foot wounds by learning how to care for your feet at home and visiting with your podiatrist regularly. Wound care also involves intervening with medical attention as soon as any wound occurs (even if it seems minor). Your podiatrist works diligently to preserve the health of your feet to lower your risk of diabetes-related complications.

What are the symptoms of foot wounds?

Foot wounds sometimes cause no obvious symptoms initially. While you would think a wound on your foot would cause pain, it doesn’t always when you have diabetes. 

It’s possible that blood sugar surges have led to nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy), meaning you have foot numbness and can’t feel when you have a wound. This is why daily foot inspections are critical.

It’s important to understand signs and symptoms of foot wounds, which may include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling 
  • Drainage in your socks

These issues indicate that you may have a wound or infection and you need to come in to InStride Family Foot Care for immediate wound care treatment. 

How does a podiatrist treat wounds?

InStride Family Foot Care offers comprehensive diabetic foot and wound care services. Your podiatrist examines your feet thoroughly and determines the severity of any wounds you may have. To treat your wound, your podiatrist may:

  • Clean the wound
  • Prescribe antibiotic medications
  • Apply a topical antibacterial ointment
  • Remove dead skin (wound debridement)
  • Design custom orthotics to offload pressure as the wound heals

For more serious cases, where ulceration or gangrene are present, limb salvage surgery may be necessary. This highly specialized procedure involves removing deteriorated skin and grafting tissues to promote healing. No matter which wound care treatment you need, the caring podiatrists at InStride Family Foot Care help you every step of the way. 

InStride Family Foot Care provides expert wound care services to prevent limb-threatening ulcers. Book your wound care appointment online or by phone with any office today.