Wound Care: A Top Priority for Your Feet
The feet are the foundation of your body and, in many ways, your overall health. Many major diseases first reveal themselves in the feet. Foot care is important for everyone, however, there are some people who must be extremely diligent about examining their lower extremities for wounds. Wound care is critical for people with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and the elderly.
This topic may seem overwhelming and intimidating, but you don’t have to face the challenges of wound care alone. Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, are experts in the care of foot ulcers. Through a variety of treatment methods, they will closely monitor your progress—that’s peace of mind you can count on!
Treatment goals for ulcerations should include reducing the risk of infection by keeping it clean and covered, maintaining good health through diet and exercise, following medical advice regarding types of footwear and offloading devices, and adhering to prescribed treatment. We address the following types of ulcers at our three locations:
Diabetes is a disease that has the potential to devastate the feet. Nerve damage can lead to peripheral neuropathy, which is characterized by loss of feeling. A simple cut can go unnoticed and fester into an infected foot ulcer quickly. At its worst, undetected infection can lead to amputation.
Other characteristics of the disease, such as reduced blood flow, lengthen healing times and make these types of sores more difficult to address. Controlling your blood sugar and checking your feet daily are two of the best ways to keep your lower extremities healthy. Regular follow-up at Foot Doctor of the East Bay is also critical. You’re not alone—our expert staff will help you win the war against this disease!
Wounds due to Peripheral Vascular Disease
This disease of the circulatory system causes reduced blood flow to various areas of the body including the legs and feet. An injury, heart disease, or plaque build-up are among the reasons for PVD. Blood flow brings necessary healing properties to wounds. Any diversion or reduction of blood flow results in slow healing and an open door for infections.
A PVD diagnosis is a good reason to be on high alert when it comes to the health of your feet. Any injury should be given immediate attention in order to avert major complications.
Pressure Wounds in the Elderly
Over time, too much pressure on particular areas of the feet can lead to open sores. This is often seen in the elderly since the protective padding on the bottoms of the feet thin during the aging process. Regular self-exams often become more challenging as a person ages, so routine care in our office ensures constant attention to this potentially dangerous situation.
Treatments You Can Trust
At Foot Doctor of the East Bay, we provide top-of-the-line wound care products to ensure the health of your feet. After a thorough evaluation, we will determine the best course of action. Your treatment plan may include a regimen of living cell therapy. Medical devices such as braces can assist with off-loading pressure from the ulcerated area. Prescription shoes and medical pedicures may also be recommended.
Don’t face this serious foot condition alone. Working as a team, we can get your feet in the best shape possible. Rely on our expert staff to provide excellent wound care, while you take the necessary steps at home to continue the healing process. With convenient locations and same-day appointments, Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, are ready to help you get back on your feet! Call today, or request an appointment online.
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