Lower extremity wounds and infections can be serious for people who are in perfect health, much less those who have diabetes or cardiovascular issues. Then these wounds and infections can be life-threatening. At Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Joseph R. Disabato, DPM, and Melissa L. Gulosh, DPM, offer critical limb-preserving care to patients in Charlottesville and Culpeper, Virginia. To learn more, call one of the two locations or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.
For healthy people, a wound or infection in their feet usually isn’t cause for concern, though it should still be addressed by one of the foot specialists at Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates for a quick resolution. If, however, you suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular issues, or obesity, a lower extremity wound or infection can be very serious, even life-threatening.
Approximately 15% of diabetics develop foot ulcers, and 14-24% of those patients will require amputation. To avoid becoming one of those statistics, it’s imperative that you partner with your doctor at Virginia Foot & Ankle for expert care of your feet and quick intervention when a problem arises.
Vascular diseases and obesity also affect blood circulation in your feet and are causes for concern because of your body’s inability to heal itself properly and ward off infection. Left unchecked, these wounds can lead to infections that spread and threaten your entire foot, and beyond.
The answer to this depends entirely on how quickly the doctors at Virginia Foot & Ankle are able to intervene. During the earliest stages of a wound, your doctor works diligently to keep it from getting infected. To do this, they prescribe antibiotics and debride and dress the wound often. If you’re diabetic, you need to do your part to get your glucose levels under control.
If an infection develops, your doctor will continue their efforts to keep it from spreading by encouraging your wound or ulcer to heal more quickly. They give you detailed at-home instructions for daily cleaning and redressing. Your doctor may recommend that you off-load the area, which means you need to stay off that foot to allow it to heal properly.
If the infection kills your tissue and threatens healthier areas, your doctor removes the infected tissue surgically. In extreme cases, this may mean partial amputation.
Rest assured, the qualified surgeons at Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates have considerable experience in foot reconstruction and plastic surgery techniques that lessen the functional and visual impacts.
It goes without saying that the best way to handle lower extremity wounds and infections is to avoid them in the first place. If you have a known medical condition, you should be extra vigilant about caring for your feet by:
This last point is important because if you notice something amiss during your daily inspection, you can get in to see one of the doctors at Virginia Foot & Ankle very quickly for early treatment.
To learn, more, call one of the two locations or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.