Foot wounds should never, ever be ignored.
Everybody gets cuts and scrapes every now and then, but if you start to notice a sore developing on your feet or legs that don’t seem to be healing, make sure you call our office right away—especially if you also have diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, or other conditions that could compromise your nerve function, circulation, or immune system.
Almost 100,000 lower limb amputations are performed each year in the United States due to preventable infections that developed from untreated diabetic foot ulcers. Do not let this happen to you! Burlington County Foot & Ankle Associates perform timely, effective wound care services to help you get better quickly and maintain your health and independence.
Advanced Wound Care Services with MLS Laser Therapy
The best way to stop a wound from becoming infected and escalating to the next level of severity is by healing it as quickly as possible.
There are several basic steps to wound care, including:
- Infection control—either preventing one from happening in the first place or treating an existing one.
- Debridement—cleaning the wound of dead skin and other debris so that it can heal properly.
- Offloading—making sure you don’t put weight or pressure on the wound.
- Dressing—making sure the wound is properly covered and medicated.
At Burlington County Foot & Ankle Associates, we augment the wound healing process using our MLS laser therapy system.
Laser therapy is an advanced technology that uses laser energy to stimulate natural healing and tissue regeneration processes already at work within your body. In the case of foot wounds, it can:
- Boost vascular activity, which significantly increases capillary formation in the damaged tissue to close wounds faster and minimize visible scarring.
- Boost the local immune response to prevent and fight infection.
- Mitigate swelling and pain, making the recovery process more comfortable.
- Improve nerve function, which may help you identify future wounds sooner.
Building a Comprehensive Wound Prevention Plan
Seeking professional guidance and care for a potential foot ulcer as soon as possible (and going someplace with advanced treatment options) is absolutely the best way to respond to an ulcer that’s already in progress.
But do you know what’s even better? Preventing wounds from developing in the first place.
Obviously, our first priority is to get any urgent problems under control. But beyond that, our office will help you develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce your future risk of severe wounds. Quite often, you can significantly improve your odds using very simple methods, such as:
- Carefully examining your feet for 5 minutes each day
- Managing your underlying conditions (typically diabetes)
- Practicing good hygiene
- Avoiding barefoot walking
- Switching to therapeutic shoes with custom orthotics
We are happy to put together an appropriate plan based on your specific needs! For more information about what a typical foot care plan looks like for those with diabetes or any history of foot wounds, be sure to check out this blog post.
If You Have a Foot Wound, Every Minute Counts
Far too many people in this country end up losing a limb—or worse—because they underestimated (or simply failed to notice) a foot wound and did not seek professional care in time.
This is not to scare you, just to make you aware of how serious wounds are. The good news is that the worst outcomes are almost always preventable. If you are taking good care of your feet, checking them every day, and calling us at the first sign of problems, you will be in a great position to maintain good foot health for the foreseeable future!
To make an appointment with Burlington County Foot & Ankle Associates in Medford, NJ, give us a call today at (609) 714-0052. We understand how severe foot wounds can be, and will make every possible effort to get you in immediately if urgent care is needed.
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