Wound Care: Healing Lower Leg Ulcers
Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM
St. Augustine Foot and Ankle
Foot ulcers and other open foot wounds are a major cause of disability, morbidity and mortality. Varicose veins, poor circulation and diabetes can lead to open foot wounds.
Approximately 15 percent of diabetic patients develop diabetic foot ulcers. Some even suffer foot amputations, many of which are preventable with proper foot wound care treatment.
Foot and ankle wounds can be caused by traumatic injury or could be arterial and venous wounds, pressure ulcers, diabetic wounds and wounds related to diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. Older patients are also vulnerable to poor circulation, decreased sensation and impaired healing.
Wounds can be treated conservatively or aggressively depending on the severity. Like any ailment the best treatment is prevention. For example someone with diabetes should get on a diabetic foot care regiment. A regular diabetic foot care regiment will help prevent future problems that could not only include wounds but also amputations. Diabetics should be on a diabetic foot care regiment no ifs, ands, or buts about it. However, if you have a foot ulcer/ foot wound that has already developed the sooner you are treated the better. Some foot wounds can be treated with wraps and antibiotics while others may require procedures and skin grafts. All of this often depends on the severity of the foot ulcer / foot wound and how soon it is treated.
Fortunately, wound care is a specialty of podiatry doctor Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM.
See Dr. LeBeau for foot and ankle wound care that includes:
• Foot ulcer treatment and other foot wound care treatment
• Leg ulcer treatment and other leg wound care treatment
Take a step toward saving your feet. Call Dr. LeBeau’s office today at 904-824-0869. Please feel free to use our online Request an Appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org