Around 15% of people with diabetes have a diabetic foot ulcer. At Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute, in Alexandria, Louisiana, wound care specialist Gary P. Jones, MD, FACS, provides customized wound care to reduce your risk of infection, necrosis, and amputation. If you have a non-healing wound, call Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute or make an appointment online today.
Wound care is a specialized treatment for non-healing wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers. It helps keep your wound clean and promotes healing while reducing your risk of the ulcer growing or becoming infected.
Diabetes interferes with your vascular health and circulation, causing issues like peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD deprives your tissues of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood, which is critical to your natural healing ability.
Diabetes also causes nerve damage (neuropathy), which reduces your ability to feel pain and other sensations in your feet. These two conditions combined increase your risk of having a tiny cut turn into a deep, infected ulcer.
Open, non-healing wounds have a high risk of infection, which can lead to necrosis (tissue death), and amputation when left untreated. If you have reduced sensation in your feet, you might not feel pain or pressure from a wound, even if it grows or becomes infected.
Wound care reduces your risk of infection and other complications. Additionally, Dr. Jones can examine your feet for other injuries and provide immediate treatments to prevent them from worsening.
Infected diabetic foot ulcers are a common cause of gangrene, necrosis, and amputation. Wound care is a critical part of protecting your health and avoiding limb loss.
Depending on your individual needs, you could have wound care appointments several times a week to protect your feet.
During your wound care appointment, Dr. Jones removes any older bandages and carefully cleans your ulcer. He examines it for any changes or signs of infection. Dr. Jones takes pictures of your wound to provide a record and identify any changes.
If necessary, Dr. Jones debrides any dead tissue, which reduces your risk of infection. He applies medication and rebandages your foot.
Dr. Jones provides personalized at-home care instructions to help you protect your feet and stay healthy. He might also recommend lifestyle changes or medicine to treat diabetes. Getting your glucose levels under control can reduce the risk of your wound worsening or developing new injuries.
If you have a diabetic ulcer or another non-healing wound, call Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute or make an appointment online today.