Wound Care Specialist

Foot & Ankle Medical Clinic

Scott Nelson, DPM

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Garland, TX

Non-healing foot wounds can interfere with your ability to walk, stand, or move comfortably. At Foot & Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, Texas, Scott Nelson, DPM, and his team of practitioners provide all-inclusive wound care for those with slow or non-healing foot wounds. If you have a wound that isn’t healing on its own, call Foot & Ankle Medical Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.

Wound Care Q & A

What is wound care?

Wound care refers to the attention podiatrists provide for sores or wounds that aren’t healing as they should. If you have a wound that’s healing very slowly or not at all, then you may need professional care. Dr. Nelson at Foot & Ankle Medical Clinic can uncover the cause of your foot and deliver targeted treatment.

Why would I need wound care?

If you have a wound that isn’t healing as quickly as it should, reach out to Dr. Nelson. 

By far, the most common reason for a slow-healing wound is diabetes. Diabetes can cause peripheral neuropathy, which makes it difficult to feel cuts or blisters on the feet. It also diminishes your body’s natural healing abilities. As a result, these slow-healing wounds can become infected.

In some cases, diabetic foot wounds can lead to amputation if the wound becomes infected and cannot heal.

Surgical wounds, trauma wounds, and ulcers can also cause slow healing that may require podiatric care.

What does wound care involve?

How Dr. Nelson treats your wound depends on its cause, severity, and location. 

Treating a wound may involve:

  • Antimicrobial dressings
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Monitoring

It may also include:

Orthotics

Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts that correct deficiencies and imbalances in your feet, such as high arches or flat feet. By addressing the deficiencies in your feet, orthotics can minimize your risk of developing sores, calluses, or blisters that may lead to non-healing wounds.

Wound debridement

Wound debridement aims to remove the layers of infected tissue on your foot to encourage natural healing. Without these damaged layers, your skin may heal on its own. At Foot & Ankle Medical Clinic, your provider can utilize laser therapy to remove infected tissue in the safest, most precise way possible.

Surgery

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damage to your foot from a non-healing foot wound. A skin graft or allograft can help replace infected or damaged tissue on your foot. 

If you have a preexisting condition, like diabetes, it’s essential to inspect your feet regularly for cuts, sores, or blisters. Treating these wounds early can help minimize your risk of non-healing sores in the future.

To learn more about wound care, call Foot & Ankle Medical Clinic or schedule an appointment online now.