Foot And Ankle Wounds

Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano

Podiatrists located in Frisco, TX & Little Elm, TX & McKinney, TX

Foot and ankle wounds can affect anyone, but they’re especially common in older adults and those who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed. If you have diabetes, another chronic illness, or don’t heal normally when injured, it’s important to see the dedicated podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano when you have a foot or ankle wound. The podiatric specialists at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano offer compassionate care at their state-of-the-art facilities in Frisco, Little Elm, and McKinney, Texas. Use online booking or call the office for an appoinment.

Foot and Ankle Wounds Q & A

What causes foot and ankle wounds?

Foot and ankle wounds sometimes happen following an accident, but just as often, they start as something much smaller. Wounds may start out as a:

  • Scrape
  • Cut
  • Insect bite
  • Puncture
  • Bruise
  • Red skin
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Corn
  • Callus
  • Blister

Foot and ankle wounds may occur anywhere, including the top or bottom of your feet, between your toes, and the inner or outer ankles.

Slow-healing and nonhealing foot and ankle wounds are a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes. Circulatory problems and neuropathy (nerve damage), two common effects of high blood sugar, both contribute to foot and ankle wounds. 

Neuropathy often leads to numbness in the foot and ankle area, so you might not notice wounds when they occur. Because you’re unaware of the wound, you don’t treat it, and that often leads to its growth. 

Your body isn’t able to heal wounds normally because of poor circulation to your feet and ankles. This means slow healing, and it’s often why foot and ankle wounds open (ulcerate) and become infected. 

When should I seek foot or ankle wound care?

If you’re healthy, foot and ankle wounds usually heal fairly rapidly. But, if you notice that your foot or ankle wound is healing slowly, not healing at all, or growing worse, it’s time to call Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano. 

If a closed wound breaks open, especially repeatedly, you should see a podiatrist right away to prevent a serious ulcer. If you notice skin discoloration, warmth, discharge, or serious pain around a foot or ankle wound, seek care right away. Often, these signs indicate infection. 

How do you treat foot and ankle wounds?

Wound care focuses on relieving your symptoms and speeding up the healing. Treatments you may need as part of your wound care include:

  • Antibiotics, when infected
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Medication to improve blood flow to feet and ankles
  • Wound dressing
  • Gangrene debridement (removal of dead tissue)
  • Custom orthotics to relieve pressure
  • Custom shoes to cushion the wound

With support from the skilled podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano, you can experience wound healing that’s comfortable and fast. Call the office or book an appointment online.