At Magdalena Blasko, DPM, Inc., we offer dedicated wound care services to patients who are looking to get back on their feet whether its from injury or illness. If you're ready, call us at (415) 353-5715 or book online to the right. If not, read on to see how we can help! Hope to see you soon!
Proper wound care is essential for wound healing. There are 4 types of chronic ulcers. These are venous ulcers, ischemic ulcers, pressure ulcers and neuropathic ulcers. These ulcers are commonly associated with diabetes, autoimmune disease or vascular disorders and usually take a long time to heal. You may also suffer from a nonhealing surgical incision or injury. Whatever the wound you suffer from, our team of experts at Magdalena Blasko, DPM, Inc. provides appropriate wound care management through proper assessment and intervention to facilitate optimal wound healing.
How do you decide whether you need specialized wound care?
If you have one or more of the following symptoms, it is good to consult a podiatrist for specialized wound care with an individualized treatment plan.
If you have an open sore, ulcer or injury which hasn’t healed after 2 weeks of treatment.
If there is swelling and redness around the ulcer, or if the surrounding skin is discolored.
If your ulcer is associated with blisters or oozing.
If your ulcers are painful.
If your wound has exposed bone, muscle or tendon.
If you suffer from diabetes or vascular disorder. Professional examination needs to happen immediately upon noting the problem to avoid irreversible damage to the area.
How can a podiatrist help if you have a nonhealing ulcer?
We do a thorough evaluation of your condition by taking a complete history and proper physical examination. Successful treatment of wounds requires assessment of the entire patient and not just the wound itself. Our specialized team will work with you to develop a care plan tailored to your needs. Along with prompt wound care, our treatment plan includes preventive care, education and follow up visits. A wide range of innovative and advanced treatment options are available in our clinic.
Management of chronic ulcers
We manage a vascular ulcer with following treatment options:
Wound debridement (cleaning).
Edema reduction therapy to contribute to ulcer healing.
Therapy to improve circulation and revascularization in conjunction with a team of vascular specialists.
Specific wound treatment and dressings.
We also emphasize the importance of nutrition and proper wound care as a foundation for management of all chronic ulcers.
As wound care providers we are aware of the necessity of the ‘Team approach’ to wound management. An ulcer is often a symptom or a complication of an underlying condition or comorbidity. For example, if you are a diabetic who has developed a foot ulcer, it indicates a far more serious underlying condition. Presence of a nonhealing diabetic foot ulcer means that your diabetes is already complicated with peripheral artery disease and neuropathy with an increased risk of amputation.
We look at the broader picture as we help you to get your blood sugar under control by advising on the proper formulation of a diet plan and exercise routine. Therefore, we take care of the underlying problem by referring you to appropriate specialists in addition to the expert wound care we provided.
Research has shown that comprehensive foot care programs can reduce amputation rates by 45% - 85%. We have successfully prevented amputations in many of our patients through attentive wound care.
What happens if a wound is left untreated?
Wounds in your feet should be taken seriously, especially if they are nonhealing and if you are diabetic. If they are not treated promptly, the ulcer can get infected and lead to serious health problems. Sometimes, the underlying bone can get infected causing bone destruction. The soft tissue surrounding the ulcer may die, leading to gangrene. You might end up with an amputation if you don’t take your wounds seriously. The level of amputation always depends on the location of the wound and the time from that has passed since onset of the problem without professional treatment.
Certain health conditions can make dealing with wounds more challenging. For example, a simple scratch or a blister in a healthy person requires a minimal amount of treatment in order to heal but if you suffer from diabetes, autoimmune disease or vascular disorder, you may have poor circulation and neuropathy in your feet.
As these conditions reduce feeling in your feet and suppress healing, the complications could be exacerbated. In certain individuals, even a minor scratch or blister needs attention. If not treated promptly, they can ulcerate and become infected, potentially leading to amputation.
If you get injured with a sharp object on the ground, the depth of your wound can cause debris to become trapped. Sometimes harmful bacteria which thrive in the environment can get in through your injured site. These wounds need proper care and cleaning to prevent serious infection. You may need a tetanus booster if you haven’t received one in the last 5 years. You may also need follow up care to ensure that the injury site is clean and healing well.
If you are diabetic or if you suffer from vascular disorder or an autoimmune disease, it is important to maintain good foot hygiene and stay in touch with your podiatrist in the event of an injury or development of an ulcer. Even if you are a previously healthy individual with a nonhealing wound, you need not worry. We at Magdalena Blasko, DPM, Inc. will offer you expert wound care to keep your feet as healthy as can be.