Wound Care - Capital Foot and Ankle
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Wound Care

Once a wound has developed, it is important to care for the wound to prevent infection. Up tp 20% of foot ulcers will eventually lead to an amputation of the leg… it is so important to take good care of wounds in order to prevent infection.

While good wound care is important, one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of the treatment of foot and ankle wounds is the treatment of the etiology.  For example, if someone was struggling with knee pain, we would want to know what was causing the pain and fix the problem, not just take pain pills.  At The Amputation Prevention Center, we believe in an etiology based treatment plan.  This means a thorough work-up to determine the cause of the wound and the lack of healing, and then developing a treatment plan aimed at caring for the wound and fixing the underlying problem.

Advanced Treatment Options

Wound care tips from the experts at The Amputation Prevention Center:

1. Always listen to the advice of your doctor

2. Call you doctor IMMEDIATELY if you think something looks concerning

3. Moist wounds heal 3-5 times faster than dry wounds- they actually don’t need air to heal!

4. Showering is good for wounds.  The water rinses bacteria away makes it hard for bacteria to stick

5. Soaking is harmful to wounds.  It increases risk for infection and dries out the wound bed