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Expert Foot and Wound Care

At Lions SightFirst Eye Hospital we heal wounds and salvage limbs. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals offers a wide range of services, from routine foot care and wound dressings to advanced treatments for complex foot and wound conditions.

Our clinic also offers specialized services such as diabetic foot care, wound debridement, and wound vac therapy to cater to all your foot and wound care needs. We understand that foot and wound care is essential for overall health and well-being, and we are committed to providing compassionate and patient-centered care to each and every one of our patients.

Foot Wound Treatment

There are several key factors in the appropriate treatment of a diabetic foot ulcer.



To optimize healing, it’s essential to “off-load” ulcers, particularly those on the foot’s bottom. This might involve patients wearing special footwear, braces, customized castings, or using wheelchairs or crutches. These devices decrease pressure and irritation at the ulcer site, promoting faster healing.


Medication and Dressings

Appropriate wound management includes the use of dressings and topically applied medications. These range from normal saline to advanced products, such as growth factors, ulcer dressings, and skin substitutes that have been shown to be highly effective in healing foot ulcers.


Managing Blood Glucose

Tightly controlling blood glucose is of the utmost importance during the treatment of a diabetic foot ulcer. Working closely with a medical doctor or endocrinologist to accomplish this will enhance healing and reduce the risk of complications.


Surgical Options

A majority of noninfected foot ulcers are treated without surgery; however, when this fails, surgical management may be appropriate. Examples of surgical care to remove pressure on the affected area include shaving or excision of bone(s) and the correction of various deformities, such as hammertoes, bunions, or bony “bumps.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to commonly asked questions about Diabetic Foot Ulcers

What Is a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?
A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes and is commonly located on the bottom of the foot. Of those who develop a foot ulcer, six percent will be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complications.

Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States, and approximately 14 to 24 percent of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer have an amputation. Research, however, has shown that the development of a foot ulcer is preventable.  

Who Can Get a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?
Anyone who has diabetes can develop a foot ulcer. People who use insulin are at a higher risk of developing a foot ulcer, as are patients with diabetes-related kidney, eye, and heart disease. Being overweight and using alcohol and tobacco also plays a role in the development of foot ulcers.
How Do Diabetic Foot Ulcers Form?
Ulcers form due to a combination of factors, such as lack of feeling in the foot, poor circulation, foot deformities, irritation (such as friction or pressure), trauma, and the duration of diabetes. Patients who have diabetes for many years can develop neuropathy, a reduced or complete lack of ability to feel pain in the feet due to nerve damage caused by elevated blood glucose levels over time. Nerve damage can often occur without pain, and one may not even be aware of the problem. Your general practitioner, physician, diabetologist and/or podiatric physician can test feet for neuropathy with a simple and painless tool called a monofilament.

Vascular disease can complicate a foot ulcer, reducing the body’s ability to heal and increasing the risk of infection. Elevations in blood glucose can reduce the body’s ability to fight off a potential infection and also retard healing. 

Trauma can cause a wound, commonly ill-fitting footwear, and blisters due to exposure of feet to warmers e.g. stoves ( jikos), electric warmers, and blankets .

What Is the Value of Treating a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?
Once an ulcer is noticed, seek medical care immediately. Foot ulcers in patients with diabetes should be treated for several reasons:

  • To reduce the risk of infection and amputation
  • To improve function and quality of life
  • To reduce health care costs
  • To prevent recurrence 
How Should a Diabetic Foot Ulcer Be Treated?
The primary goal in the treatment of foot ulcers is to obtain healing as soon as possible. The faster the healing of the wound, the less chance for an infection.

There are several key factors in the appropriate treatment of a diabetic foot ulcer:

  • Prevention of infection
  • Taking the pressure off the area, called “off-loading”
  • Removing dead skin and tissue, called “debridement”
  • Applying specialized dressings to the ulcer
  • Managing blood glucose, infection and other health problems

Not all ulcers are infected; however, if your Podiatrist / physician diagnoses an infection, a treatment program of antibiotics, wound care, and possibly hospitalization will be necessary.

Healing Factors

Healing time depends on a variety of factors, such as wound size and location, pressure on the wound from walking or standing, swelling, circulation, blood glucose levels, wound care, and what is being applied to the wound. Healing may occur within weeks or require several months.

How Can a Foot Ulcer Be Prevented?
The best way to treat a diabetic foot ulcer is to prevent its development in the first place. Recommended guidelines include seeing a Podiatrist and/or physician on a regular basis. He or she can determine if you are at high risk of developing a foot ulcer and implement strategies for prevention.

You are at high risk if you:

  • Have neuropathy
  • Have poor circulation
  • Have a foot deformity (i.e. bunion, hammer toe)
  • Wear inappropriate shoes
  • Have uncontrolled blood sugar

Reducing additional risk factors, such as smoking, drinking alcohol, high cholesterol, and elevated blood glucose, is important in the prevention and treatment of  a diabetic foot ulcer. Wearing the appropriate shoes and socks will go a long way in reducing risks. Your physician/ podiatrist can provide guidance in selecting the proper shoes.

Learning how to check your feet is crucial in noticing a potential problem as early as possible. Inspect your feet every day—especially between the toes and the sole—for cuts, bruises, cracks, blisters, redness, ulcers, and any sign of abnormality. Each time you visit a health care provider, remove your shoes and socks so your feet can be examined. 

Any problems that are discovered should be reported to your podiatrist or a medical professional as soon as possible, no matter how “simple” it may seem to you. 

The key to successful wound healing is regular Physician&/or physician care to ensure the following “gold standard” of care:

  • Lowering blood sugar
  • Appropriate debridement of wounds
  • Treating any infection
  • Reducing friction and pressure
  • Restoring adequate blood flow

Step Towards Healing

Take the first step towards comprehensive foot and wound care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our specialized clinic. Our expert team is dedicated to providing personalized treatments, promoting healing, and improving your overall well-being.

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