Flower Mound Foot and Ankle Center
Tommie T. Harris, DPM
Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Flower Mound & Lewisville, TX
For wounds to heal, they need a continuous blood supply, but since your feet are the furthest point from your heart, they often don’t heal as quickly as they should. As a board-certified podiatrist and expert in wound care, Tommie Harris, DPM, of Flower Mound Foot and Ankle Center, offers comprehensive treatments. Book your appointment at this state-of-the-art Flower Mound, Texas, clinic with the online booking feature or call the clinic directly.
Why should I be concerned about foot wound ulcers?
Any wound on your body is a cause for concern since the opening can quickly become infected and allow foreign invaders to enter your body. Once a wound occurs, your brain sends out signals that start a cascade of healing events. For instance, blood immediately travels to the injury to start encouraging cell and tissue growth.
What’s particularly dangerous about wound ulcers on your feet is that your feet are so far away from your heart, blood takes longer to get there. Plus, since your circulatory system has to work against the force of gravity, blood doesn’t travel around efficiently and foot wounds don’t heal smoothly.
To add on even more concern, if you’re diabetic, you have an even higher risk of circulatory issues and nerve damage (neuropathy). Because of these concerns, having diabetes can make you more prone to developing foot wound ulcers and serious complications.
What causes foot ulcers?
While anyone of any age can develop wound ulcers, especially if you’re diabetic, some of the usual causes and risk factors include:
- Being overweight
- Being insulin dependent
- Having foot deformities
- Having vascular disease
- Drinking too much alcohol or using tobacco
Even if your foot wound seems minor, it’s important to schedule an evaluation at Flower Mound Foot and Ankle Center, just to ensure it doesn’t become infected.
How are foot wounds treated?
Dr. Harris has extensive experience in treating foot wounds and monitoring your overall foot health, so you can feel confident you’re going to get personalized, comprehensive care. Your foot wound ulcer treatment plan can include:
- Removing dead skin tissue (debridement)
- Applying topical antibacterial medications
- Managing blood sugar if you’re diabetic
- Taking the pressure off with specialized orthotics (off-loading)
If you’re prone to developing wound ulcers because of a circulatory or vein issue, Dr. Harris could have you meet with the on-site vascular physician to find ways to increase blood flow to your feet and ankles. The team at Flower Mound Foot and Ankle Center work together to treat your foot wounds and prevent future occurrences.
If you have a wound ulcer or are at risk of developing them, book an exam at Flower Mound Foot and Ankle Center. Schedule online or over the phone.