Foot ulcers may first appear on the surface, but can later become much more serious. Our team at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Texas, have experience with treating this condition and can provide you with optimal care at any one of our following locations: Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849.
Foot Ulcers are sores on the feet that can lead to serious complications. Certain individuals more prone to developing this condition are those who may be alcoholics, have vascular issues or have sickle cell anemia. Moreover, those with diabetes are even more susceptible to this condition. This condition appears on the ball of the foot or underneath the big toe. If the sore gets infected and is left untreated, it could mean that an amputation is necessary. Timely treatment is therefore invaluable with this condition to prevent an ulcer on the foot from becoming a deep wound.
Preventative tips include:
· Keeping a steady blood sugar
· Examining feet for cuts or other abrasions
· Keeping feet clean by washing them daily in warm water
· Drying feet in between the toes
· Utilizing lotion to keep feet moist on the top and bottom
· Trimming the toenails
· Trying not to walk barefoot
· Wearing socks when possible
· Exercising to help with circulation
· Cessation of smoking
Treatment for ulcers includes proper cleaning and removing of dead skin. Any healing cream can thereafter be applied prior to covering the wound to prevent further infection. In some instances, skin grafts may be utilized to protect the open wound from infection. Oxygen therapy can also be of assistance with speeding up the healing process when required.
As it seems, there is no good reason to let foot ulcers go untreated. They can develop into serious wounds that become much more serious than the original condition. Therefore, please contact us if you have a foot ulcer to get unsurpassed treatment and to give yourself the best chance of avoiding serious complications.