Since blood flow is limited in your lower limbs, chronic wounds on your feet and ankles can turn into serious issues if left untreated. As a board-certified podiatrist and wound care expert, Scott J. Pickett, DPM of Upstate Podiatry Services in Schenectady, New York can help treat your chronic wounds. If you have a recurring wound, or just noticed a new ulcer developing, book an evaluation with Dr. Pickett. Schedule an appointment either online or over the phone.
Your heart works hard to push blood — which is full of vital healing nutrients — throughout your body.
However, your lower legs and feet are so far away from your heart that circulation is limited in these areas. Your circulatory system also has to work against gravity, which makes blood flow to your feet and ankles an even more difficult task. That often leads to chronic wounds.
Other common reasons why you may be prone to chronic wounds include:
You’re also more likely to develop chronic foot and ankle wounds if you’re older since your skin is frail and doesn’t heal as quickly. Other times, chronic wounds occur because a minor wound didn't receive proper treatment when it developed.
Because Dr. Pickett has extensive training in diagnosing and treating chronic wounds, you can feel confident that he is going to help you find an effective treatment. Part of your treatment plan may include:
It’s important to rest and elevate your feet frequently as well. Propping one or two pillows under your feet while lying down helps improve blood circulation.
If more conservative measures aren’t working or if your skin isn’t healing, Dr. Pickett might need to remove the damaged part of your skin surgically. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to limb amputations.
Once Dr. Pickett treats your chronic wound, he gives you the information you need to avoid future issues. While you can’t prevent every chronic wound from occurring, you can take several measures to decrease your risk of developing them.
Some of the best things you can do to prevent chronic foot and ankle wounds include:
If you’re older, you should protect your foot and ankle skin by wearing long pants, as well as socks, even when you’re at home.
Before living another day with chronic foot wounds, book an appointment at Upstate Podiatry Services. You can use the online scheduling feature or call the office.