Almost seven million Americans live with chronic wounds, and the feet and lower legs are a common site for sores, ulcers, and wounds. Nesha Prasla, DPM, and the team at Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists in Sugar Land, Texas, specialize in wound care. If you’re experiencing wounds affecting the feet or ankles, call the office or schedule an appointment online for compassionate wound care.
The feet can experience a variety of ailments and wounds that require wound care from a podiatrist.
Cracked skin and calluses are common issues that Dr. Prasla often treats during your consultation appointment. More complicated foot wounds may require follow-up appointments, including:
Arterial ulcers are caused by arterial insufficiency — when your arteries are too narrow or blocked by an underlying disease or condition. Sores may occur between toes, on the toes, or the outer ankle.
People with diabetes may experience complications of diabetic neuropathy. Sores appear on the feet, most commonly on the balls of the feet, heels, or big toes.
Pressure ulcers form as a result of improper shoes or lack of movement in the feet. Most pressure ulcers are on the heels or ankles.
Damaged veins can cause venous stasis ulcers. These ulcers commonly occur on the ankle or legs.
Not every cut, scrape, bruise, or crack in the skin requires wound care. But any sore or scrape on your foot that lasts longer than expected and doesn’t seem to heal should receive wound care from Dr. Prasla.
Anyone can develop foot ulcers, but you are at a greater risk if you have:
Dr. Prasla works with many local doctors and believes in a medical team approach to get your wound healed. If you live with nerve damage, it’s possible you don’t feel pain or heat in your feet and are unaware of potential ulcers and wounds forming. Check your feet daily if you have any form of nerve damage and call Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists for an appointment if you notice sores or cuts on your feet.
Daily foot inspections and taking action at the earliest sign of problems is the key to preventing wounds that require extensive wound care treatments. Wearing proper footwear, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels help keep your feet free from sores.
If you experience foot or ankle wounds that aren’t healing, call the office or schedule an appointment online to find out if you require wound care.