Wound Care

One of our specialties is wound care.  It is important to heal wounds as they can lead to infections, gangrene (death of tissue) and amputations.  Dr. Hoy has experience in wound care both in an academic setting an practiced in an area where wound care and limb preservation is a large part of his practice.

If you are a diabetic patient, you are most likely aware of the importance of taking proper care of your feet. Cuts and scrapes have a tendency to not heal promptly as a result of a compromised immune system. An uncomfortable and painful condition known as a foot ulcer may occur, and this may possibly lead to a serious infection. If this type of wound is not treated quickly, the possibility of developing gangrene may increase, which may lead to amputation. There may be several reasons why wounds can develop, and these may include cracked and dry skin, ingrown toenails, which may cut the skin of the toe, or blisters. Additionally, there may be noticeable symptoms including extreme tenderness, redness, discomfort and pain. If you have wounds on your feet, the importance of speaking with a podiatrist promptly is crucial for the discussion and implementation of correct treatment options.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. John Hoy from Seattle Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic.

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Seattle, WA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Seattle Wound Care Specialist

Wounds and ulcers that will not heal can lead to serious complications. Getting proper treatment from our experienced Seattle podiatrist is critical. Dr. John Hoy uses state-of-the-art tools, along with advanced techniques to provide you with the best possible solutions.

As a leading Seattle wound care specialist, Dr. Hoy can properly examine, diagnose and treat a large variety of wounds such as diabetic wounds, ulcers, infected wounds and pressure ulcers.

Understanding Non-Healing Wounds

For many people who get some sort of wound or abrasion, simply applying antibiotic ointment with a band-aid may be enough to allow the body heal. However, diseases such as diabetes can impede the body’s immune system and its ability to heal wounds effectively. A non-healing wound or ulcer can lead to serious health risks, along with debilitating foot pain.

Fortunately, podiatric medicine has advanced remarkably over time, giving us a clearer understanding of why certain wounds will not heal properly. Our Seattle wound care specialist stays up-to-date on the latest advances in wound care. Dr. Hoy has years of experience in managing and treating a variety of wounds and ulcers, specifically those found on the feet and ankles.

Types of Wounds and Ulcers

If you have a wound or ulcer that worsens over time or seems slow to heal, it is important to visit Dr. Hoy for a complete diagnosis. There are many varieties of non-healing wounds and ulcers, each requiring careful treatment. Some of the wounds and ulcers we care for include:

Diabetic Wounds and Ulcers
Infected Wounds
Pressure Ulcers
Arterial Ulcers

Wound Care

Diabetics must be wary of all wounds, regardless of depth or size. Diabetes, a chronic disease in which the body cannot properly use glucose the way it normally would, causes various complications that make wounds difficult to heal. Nerve damage or neuropathy will cause diabetics to have trouble feeling the pain of a blister or cut until the condition has significantly worsened or become infected. A diabetic’s weakened immune system can make even the most minor of wounds easily susceptible to infection. Diabetics are also more prone to developing narrow, clogged arteries, and are therefore more likely to develop wounds.

Wounds should be taken care of immediately after discovery, as even the smallest of wounds can become infected if enough bacteria build up within the wound. To remove dirt, wounds should be first rinsed under running water only. Soap, hydrogen peroxide, or iodine can irritate the injury and should be avoided. To prevent infection, apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover it with a bandage. The bandage should be changed daily. The skin around the wound may be cleaned with soap.

To prevent further exacerbation, see a doctor—especially if you have diabetes. Minor skin conditions can become larger problems if not properly inspected. As the wound heals, make sure to avoid applying pressure to the affected area.