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All About Ankle Ulcers

Ankle ulcers are open sores on the skin. They are slow to heal, and they can keep returning. The three types of ankle ulcers are venous stasis, diabetic, and arterial ulcers. Venous stasis ulcers are the most common, primarily affecting the ankles. They result from venous hypertension or chronic venous insufficiency, leading to decreased blood flow and oxygen to the tissue and causing damage and ulcer formation. Risk factors include leg swelling, blood clots, varicose veins, inflammatory diseases, and a family history of ulcers. Symptoms may include pain, burning, itching, redness, and the skin may be swollen or discolored. Diagnosis involves a medical history, symptom analysis, and possible tissue sampling. Treatments include compression therapy, medication, and wound care. It is important to keep the ulcer clean and change the dressing as instructed. Prevention of such ulcers involves leg elevation, limiting prolonged standing or sitting, and maintenance of good overall health. If you suffer from ankle ulcers, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and prompt treatment.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with the foot specialists from Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Southlake, Keller (Fort Worth), Hurst, North Richland Hills, Flower Mound, Argyle, and Denton, TX. . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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