Advanced Wound Care
If you are living with a large lower limb wound that just won’t heal, it’s time to seek advanced wound care. After all, the wound may result from an underlying health condition that needs to be addressed, so you get back to doing what you love most.
Our team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central PA is prepared to take on even the largest, most complex, and severe wounds found on lower limbs. Contact our wound specialists to start getting the treatment you need to heal.
What are the Various Types of Lower Limb Wounds?
If you have a lower limb wound that is healing slowly or showing no signs of improvement, you might be suffering from one of the following wound types:
Diabetic wounds are those that occur as a result of diabetes. Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage nerves and vessels, which can lead to poor circulation and make you less sensitive to pain.
Those damaged nerves can turn into neuropathy, a condition where the feeling is lost in all or some of your limbs. Due to lost sensitivity, you won’t notice when blisters, cracks, and/or cuts develop, putting them at a higher risk of becoming infected and turning into an ulcer. Healing a diabetic wound will be complicated because you won’t feel the wound occur or experience pain to alert you that it is worsening.
A chronic wound is defined as a wound that does not heal within three months or one that heals but then reopens. Chronic wounds are often caused by diabetes, neuropathy, arterial or venous insufficiency, pressure, or cancer.
Venous Stasis Ulcers
These wounds are likely to occur around your ankle due to impaired blood pressure in your leg veins. Poor blood flow can cause fluid to build up in the leg, which can lead to swelling, inflammation, and ulceration.
Why Treatment is so Important
Fast and effective treatment of wounds on your feet, ankles, and legs helps prevent long-term skin problems. Skin conditions on your lower limbs are not only inconvenient. They can also cause mobility issues.
Left untreated, lacerations may turn into deep, infected wounds that require complex interventions and even surgery. Ingrown toenails, for example, can quickly lead to infections. Even something as common as athlete’s foot deserves your attention. Caught early, you can often treat the condition with topical ointments. Left to develop, you may pass the condition to family members who will also suffer a painful rash.
Seeking treatment quickly is especially important for diabetics and people suffering from compromised circulation in their feet. If your nerves have already been affected by diabetes, you may not even notice cuts and scrapes. Because of limited blood circulation, those wounds don’t heal. Instead, they can develop into diabetic ulcers.