Wound Care

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Greenville, TX & Rockwall, TX

Up to 24% of men and women with diabetes who develop a serious foot ulcer require an amputation. Because early intervention and comprehensive wound care can dramatically reduce your risk of limb-threatening infections, Steven Brancheau, DPM; Paul Brancheau, DPM; and Ryan Pinedo, DPM, of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Greenville and Rockwall, Texas, provide expert wound care management. You can even call either office to speak with a team member about a wound care appointment or book your appointment online.

Wound Care Q & A

What is wound care?

Wound care is a personalized approach to treating foot wounds to prevent serious infection, gangrene, and of course, amputation. Depending on how well you manage your diabetes, your wound care plan may include:

  • Nerve testing to check for neuropathy
  • Topical or oral antibiotic medications
  • Wound debridement

Wound care isn’t simply about treating wounds (although that’s very important), rather, it is about prevention. 

Your podiatrist counsels you about lifestyle changes you can make to prevent wounds in the future. Simple steps like wearing diabetic shoes and compression socks and checking your feet daily can lower your risk of developing a serious foot ulcer. 

When should I see a podiatrist for wound care?

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists is available anytime you have a minor to severe foot wound. After all, diabetics are prone to developing narrow, clogged arteries, which dramatically delays healing and increases your risk of infection. It’s important to come in if you notice:

  • Blood or drainage in your socks 
  • Burning, electrical, or stinging pains
  • Loss of sensation or numbness 
  • Visible open wound or cut
  • Redness near a toenail

Because even minor wounds quickly progress when you have diabetes, Family Foot & Ankle Specialists provides same-day or next-day appointments to help treat your wound as quickly as possible. 

How does a podiatrist treat wounds?

Your dedicated podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists treats your wound and counsels you on how to care for it at home. In most cases, wound care begins with cleaning and disinfecting your wound. 

If dead skin is present, your podiatrist may carefully trim it away. After applying a topical antibiotic ointment, your podiatrist bandages your wound. Depending on the severity of your wound, you may need a follow-up visit to ensure you’re healing properly. 

For more severe wounds, your podiatrist may need to perform a limb salvage procedure. Limb salvage is a surgical procedure that allows your podiatrist to remove infected tissue, perform grafting, and make any other necessary repairs to treat your wound and prevent amputation. 

Click on the online scheduling tool to book your wound care appointment at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists today. You can also call the location nearest you to schedule.