Getting Rid of Foot Ulcers

Jan 5, 2018

Chronic foot ulcers are one of the most frustrating—and most dangerous—potentially complications of diabetes. Because circulation to the feet is restricted, those wounds can fester and grow for weeks or months. It’s very difficult for your body to heal the damage and fight off infection. And if your body fails, you could be looking at a cascading problem that could cost you your entire foot—or more.

Needless to say, the importance of effective and efficient wound care cannot be overstated. If you’re quick and disciplined, you will likely make a full recovery. If not, it could change your life forever.

That’s why we take wound care so seriously. Dr. Joel D. Foster, provides comprehensive care for diabetic ulcers, both in his Lee’s Summit office and at the local hospital. He will do everything in his power to prevent or reverse any infection and help you heal as quickly as possible.

The first step is to clean the wound. This is called debridement. Any dirt, dead skin, and other debris remaining in the wound will prevent it from healing, so it must be removed.

Next, we’ll apply whatever medications, grafts, and other treatments that may be necessary to heal, bandage, and protect the injury. To that end, we provide several advanced therapies, including:

  • Collagen powders. When applied to a wound, collagen powder forms a protective gel on the wound bed. This helps prevent dehydration and promotes healing.
  • Tissue grafts. Grafts may be necessary to protect serious ulcers and reconstruct skin defects.
  • Laser therapy. Laser may be used to help close wounds faster and promote healthy circulation, cellular healing activity, and immune system response at the wound site.

After your treatment, you’ll need to offload the affected foot long enough for it to heal. You may temporarily need crutches, a wheelchair, or a walking boot to assist you. You may also need to periodically change dressings, and also return to our office for regular check-ups to ensure the wound is healing on schedule. Don’t worry—we’ll make sure you have all the tools and instructions you need for your home care, and you can always call us with follow-up questions any time.

Wounds should not be allowed to fester. If you have an ulcer on your foot that won’t heal, you should consider it an emergency and call us immediately for treatment—we will accommodate your request as quickly as possible. Give us a call at (816) 246-4222 to schedule.