While cuts and scrapes on your feet and ankles are everyday occurrences that are usually treatable at home, it’s essential to seek immediate medical attention if bleeding is excessive or doesn’t stop within 20 minutes. Nina Coletta, DPM, PA, in Plantation, Florida, can help if your wound doesn’t respond to at-home care, and especially if your injury doesn’t start healing within two weeks or doesn’t completely heal in six weeks. For expert wound care from one of Broward County’s leading podiatrists, call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.
The most common causes of open wounds that require immediate attention include falls, accidents while using sharp objects or tools, and car accidents. Dr. Coletta works with you when these injuries fail to heal without medical intervention.
Additionally, Dr. Coletta also offers wound care for other types of skin breaks that don’t heal on their own, including:
Also called bed sores, pressure sores are sections of your skin that break down due to continually rubbing or pressing against something. The constant friction reduces blood flow to the area, and without enough blood, your skin dies and sores form.
As a result of cancer radiation treatment, the skin in the treated area changes, often turning red, peeling, and itching. While these symptoms usually go away after you complete your chemotherapy, sometimes your skin stays darker, drier, and more sensitive to the sun.
Foot sores or ulcers are prevalent if you have diabetes, reduced blood flow, or swollen legs. This type of injury also occurs when you place too much pressure on one part of your foot. While usually painless, these wounds take weeks or months to heal.
Dr. Coletta takes several steps during your exam for wound care, including:
Dr. Coletta then discusses your options with you and determines the best course of action.
Depending on the type of injury you have and its severity, Dr. Coletta takes several different approaches to wound care, including debridement and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Debridement is the process Dr. Coletta uses to remove dead skin and tissue from your wound to help it heal.
If you undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you sit inside a special chamber where the air pressure is two and a half times greater than usual. The increased pressure helps your blood carry additional oxygen to the organs and tissues in your body, improving your wounds so that they heal faster.
Other wound care treatments Dr. Coletta offers include:
To avoid getting an infection in your slow-healing injury, call Dr. Coletta’s office or use online booking to schedule an appointment for wound care today.