Treatment for Diabetic Ulcers
Diabetic ulcers should never be taken lightly. Far too often, we see patients come into our office after living with foot wounds for weeks, hoping they’d get better on their own, waiting until the pain or disability was unbearable. Unfortunately, by this time it may already be too late.
The longer you live with a diabetic ulcer, the more likely it is to worsen or become infected. An infected wound won’t stay put, but can spread—including to muscles, nerves, and bone. Once the damage reaches a certain point, amputation may be the only available recourse. So never wait to see the Aadvanced Footcare Associates about your ulcer!
Proper treatment for diabetic ulcers is focused on preventing infection and healing the ulcer as quickly as possible. Procedures may include:
- Thoroughly cleaning the wound of all dead skin, foreign debris, and other elements that could impair full healing. This is called debridement.
- Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC). This is an advanced procedure that we may perform to help further clean the ulcer and reduce the wound area. It uses a special open-cell foam dressing (which protects vulnerable tissues), plastic membrane, and wound vacuum device that gently removes excess fluid and bacteria, pulls the edge of the wound closer together, and even stimulates new tissue growth.
- Addressing any ongoing infection with proper antibiotics or other medications.
- Covering the wound with a dry, clean bandage.
- Providing you with whatever tools may be necessary to help you keep weight and pressure off the wound while it heals, such as crutches.
If you develop a diabetic ulcer, or any other wound or injury on your feet, please book an appointment at one of our offices as soon as possible for treatment.
- Rego Park: (718) 896-4433
- Plainview: (516) 822-9595
- Flushing: (718) 969-2266