Wound care is a podiatric specialty that diagnoses, treats, and prevents diabetic ulcers, arterial ulcers, and other open wounds. At Oexeman Foot and Ankle, PLLC, Dr. Oexeman uses wound care to reduce the risk of potentially serious issues like infection and gangrene.
If an open wound develops on your feet, ankles, or toes, it’s vital to seek professional help. The sooner you receive treatment, the sooner you can take steps to feel better.
Make a wound care appointment at Oexeman Foot and Ankle, PLLC, if you develop an ulcer that’s surrounded by:
That’s especially true if the wound gets bigger or affects your mobility.
Various conditions cause open wounds to form, including:
You might also experience an open wound due to friction caused by your skin rubbing against your socks or shoes.
At Oexeman Foot and Ankle, PLLC, a wound care appointment begins with a review of your medical records and a discussion of your symptoms, including when you first noticed the wound, if it responds to at-home treatment, and if it’s growing.
Next, Dr. Oexeman carefully examines your wound. During the exam, she assesses your wound’s size, location, and appearance. If she suspects you have an infection, she might also take a biopsy (skin sample) and send it to a laboratory for analysis.
After determining your wound’s type and underlying cause, Dr. Oexeman develops a custom treatment plan.
At Oexeman Foot and Ankle, PLLC, Dr. Oexeman offers several types of wound care. Depending on the location, size, and severity of the wound, she might recommend:
If conservative treatments don’t provide lasting relief, Dr. Oexeman might recommend surgery. Dr. Oexeman has extensive training in various procedures, including reconstructive surgery with skin grafts.
To explore the benefits of wound care, make an appointment at Oexeman Foot and Ankle, PLLC, by calling the office or booking online today.