Sometimes it seems ulcers have a mind of their own. One day they are looking great and are almost healed, and the next day they reopen and it seems like you are back to the beginning. For an ulcer to heal, there are many different factors that must be in balance. These factors include your nutrition, blood flow, and no infection or pressure to the area. If your ulcer is not healing or has reopened, there is a good chance one or more of these factors has gone bad.
The first thing to do with a new or stubborn ulcer is to visit your podiatrist. They are experts in wound care and are able to offer the best advice and treatment for your ulcer. Your podiatrist will check the blood supply to your feet, make sure there isn’t an infection, and reduce pressure to the area. If one of your factors is in question, your podiatrist may request you to complete further tests to evaluate your healing potential. The podiatrists at Coastal Podiatry Associates also know when to involve other doctors to your healthcare team such as a dietitian, vascular doctor, and your family physician.
Coastal Podiatry Associates has numerous ulcer and wound care products to help heal your wound. They will base their selection of product based on your wound’s health, healing capability, and insurance. The most important aspect of healing ulcers is constant monitoring. If any redness, swelling, temperature change, puss, or new drainage is noticed, a trip to your podiatrist is needed. They need to evaluate your wound and may need to change your treatment plan. Ulcers may be finicky, but persistent treatment is the best chance to prevent infections and the need to amputate.
If you or someone you know is experiencing pain in their feet, the doctors at Coastal Podiatry Associates are available to help. The doctors have received extensive training in all aspects of the foot and can help you return to normal activity. To determine the best course of treatment contact any of our offices at 843-449-FOOT (3668) or visit our website at www.coastalpodiatry.com.