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
Schedule an Appointment
Our Seattle wound care specialist is currently accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please contact our podiatry clinic at (206) 682-8741 or for your convenience use our scheduling button located at the top of this page.