If you have diabetes, you have a high risk of developing non-healing foot and ankle wounds called diabetic ulcers. John Marzano, DPM, at Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine in Yonkers, New York, has more than three decades of experience treating diabetic foot and ankle wounds. He was one of the original four doctors that founded St. John’s Riverside Hospital wound healing center. Today, Dr. Marzano and his skilled team continue offering today’s most advanced wound treatments proven to promote healing and preserve limbs. To schedule an appointment, call the office today or request an appointment through online booking.
While cuts, stepping on a nail, and other injuries are wounds, foot and ankle wounds more specifically refer to dangerous, non-healing wounds that develop for two reasons:
High blood sugar damages small nerves and blood vessels in your feet. Nerve damage may initially cause pain and tingling, but as the damage progresses, you lose feeling in your feet. As a result, you’re not aware when a wound develops.
Blood vessel damage prevents small wounds like cuts and abrasions from getting the oxygen and nutrients needed to heal. These non-healing wounds turn into ulcers that don’t heal without wound care. Instead they keep enlarging, leading to infections, and putting you at risk of amputation.
Diseases affecting your leg arteries and veins can also cause non-healing ulcers that often develop around your ankles. The Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine team can treat these ulcers, but you also need to see a vascular specialist to treat the underlying disease.
The obvious symptom is the ulcer. Diabetic (and arterial) ulcers tend to have a punched-out appearance and as they enlarge, they may go deep into the underlying tissues. The wound may appear red, pink, or black, while the skin surrounding the ulcer may thicken.
By comparison, ulcers caused by vein disease tend to be shallow and expand around the edges.
Before a diabetic ulcer appears, you may notice:
You may also notice fluid drainage on your socks.
The team at Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine provides the most modern and comprehensive wound care available today. They use numerous advanced techniques to effectively promote healing.
A few examples of the wound treatments you may receive include:
Intensive wound treatments promote healing, prevent infections, and preserve your foot and leg.
Call Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine today or book an appointment online to get advanced care for foot and ankle wounds.