Foot Ulcer Treatment in Milwaukee
Foot ulcers require treatment to prevent long-term foot problems.
How to Treat Pressure Ulcers on Feet
Ulcers are not just in the stomach. They can occur anywhere on the body when skin or another body membrane is broken. Foot ulcers, also known as pressure ulcers, are breaks in the skin which appear on the bottom of toes or the balls of the feet. These open sores can become infected, leading to an abscess, gangrene, and more health problems.
If you suspect you have developed a pressure ulcer, schedule an appointment with the Milwaukee podiatrists of Advanced Foot & Ankle today. Our foot specialists will find the best treatment for your injured foot.
Who is at risk for foot ulcers?
A diabetic patient with a foot ulcer is at higher risk for diabetic foot and an eventual lower leg amputation. Elderly or overweight patients do not have the same likelihood of amputation. However, they may need surgery in the event of infection.
Identify a Foot Ulcer
Foot ulcers are open sores which form in a circular shape. The exposed center of the circle will be red. The ring of skin around the sore will likely be callused. Touching the area directly may cause pain. Pus will usually begin leaking from the sore and there may be a smell after infection. Bleeding and swelling is common.
An open sore like the one on the right is an ulcer.
What is the difference between an ulcer and a normal blister or cut? Ulcers are open sores often accompanied by pus. Blisters are caused when fluid builds up between skin layers and usually can heal on its own.
Most cuts and blisters are caused solely by external forces upon the foot while ulcers can be caused by internal pressure. Any break in the skin of your foot should be treated with care as fast as possible.
Prevent Pressure Ulcers
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Keep your feet clean
- Regularly trim toenails
- Change out of wet shoes and socks
- Don’t smoke
Checking your foot for open sores is one of the easiest ways to catch an ulcer. Regular checkups with our podiatrists will catch ulcers before they can grow more severe.
Specialized footwear or diabetic socks can reduce the chances of ulcers. Advanced Foot & Ankle has custom foot orthotics to help our patients heal.
Temporary Foot Ulcer Home Remedies
Ulcers take a few weeks to heal with proper treatment. Home remedies may offer relief before your appointment with Advanced Foot & Ankle. The simplest solution is to stay off your feet to relieve pressure. Bathing the area and then drying the foot completely will keep bacteria from spreading. The ulcer should be covered by bandages and changed frequently to remain dry.
Our podiatrists will provide professional ulcer treatment.
Professional Foot Ulcer Treatment
The main treatments of foot ulcers involve custom footwear to relieve pressure, antibiotics, and topical ointments on the sore. A more advanced treatment option for foot ulcers is debridement. This involves removing infected tissue from the sore.
The area is then wrapped to alleviate pressure. This process is repeated over the course of a few weeks. If the ulcer does not improve after this time, surgical options will be explored.