Frequent Wound Care Questions
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Why is my wound not healing?
If you have any type of wound on your lower leg or feet that is not healing, we need to see you in person at one of our offices to provide an accurate diagnosis. Wounds that do not heal properly are often due to a medical condition, like diabetes or PAD (peripheral arterial disease).
A diabetic ulcer (a sore or wound on the skin) can be a serious health concern due to slower healing time, the risk of infection, and poor blood flow. High blood sugar levels can reduce the body’s ability to fight infection and heal. Diabetic ulcers are a leading cause of amputation. So it is important for anyone with diabetes to check their feet carefully every day so any minor cuts or scraps are found early and treated before turning into a more serious problem.
PAD is a concern because wounds that do not heal correctly can be a result of this condition. The blood vessels carrying oxygenated blood (arteries) have become constricted due to plaque buildup on the arterial walls. It is also important to note that PAD leads to increased risk for more severe issues like heart attacks and strokes.
If your wound is not healing in the normal amount of time, or your skin has become hardened or discolored, be sure to contact us as soon as you are aware of a problem. We will provide a diagnosis and ensure you receive the treatment and care you need to stay safe.
Call us at 407-339-7759, or 352-589-9550 (if you live in Lake County), for additional information or to request an appointment at our Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Orlando, Kissimmee, or Tavares, Florida offices. Our staff at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida is committed to your health, so contact us today.