Wound Care

Diabetic Wound Care in Boone & Jefferson, NC

Diabetes can cause many serious changes in your health, one of which is immune system problems. This can translate into delayed healing. That means if you suffer a cut, blister, or laceration, it may not heal. It can turn into a wound that needs treatment.

Types of Foot Wounds

There are several types of foot wounds, including:

  • A diabetic foot ulcer, which is caused by immune system problems associated with diabetes, and may develop on the big toes, balls of the feet, or heels
  • A venous stasis ulcer, which is caused by damage to the veins, and may develop on the ankles or legs
  • An arterial ulcer, which is caused by poor arterial function, and may develop on the toes or outer ankle
  • A pressure ulcer, which is caused by insufficient movement or poorly fitting shoes, and may develop on the ankles or heels

Tips To Prevent Foot Wounds

You can do a lot to help prevent foot wounds. Remember to avoid going barefoot, and wear supportive, comfortable shoes that are appropriate for the activity you are doing. You should also:

  • Wash your feet in warm water and mild soap daily
  • Apply moisturizing cream daily to prevent cracks in your skin
  • Check your feet and toes daily for cuts, blisters, or other injuries
  • Keep your toenails clean and trimmed straight across

What You Can Do to Care for Foot Wounds

For small foot wounds, you may be able to treat them yourself if you:

  • Apply topical medication to the wound
  • Bandage the wound with sterilized gauze
  • Rest and take the weight off your feet

When You Should See a Podiatrist for Foot Wound Care

You should see a podiatrist if your foot wound is:

  • Becoming more severe
  • Not responding to home care
  • Not showing signs of healing
  • Showing signs of infection, including swelling, discoloration, and pus
  • Interfering with your ability to put on shoes
  • Restricting your ability to stay mobile and active

How Our Podiatrist Can Help Heal Your Foot Wound

Our podiatrist may recommend a combination of treatments, including:

  • Prescription oral or topical antibiotics to eliminate infection
  • Prescription topical medications to reduce wound pain
  • Bandaging to protect the wound
  • Assistive devices including crutches, casts, or boots to help you stay mobile

Want To Know More?

To learn more about wound care and how your podiatrist can help, call Dr. Paul Zimmerman and Dr. Jonathan Tenley at Boone Podiatry. You can reach them in either of the Boone, and Jefferson, NC, offices by calling (828) 265-3668, so call today.


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