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Wound Care services offered in Columbus, GA

If a diabetic ulcer or another slow-healing lesion forms on your feet or toes, it’s important to seek treatment. Professional wound care can reduce the risk of infection and encourage your body’s healing process. At Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C., Troy Espiritu, DPM, FACFAS, Nicholas Smith, DPM, MS, FACFAS, and the team offer wound care to people of all ages, including debridement, compression garments, and alginate dressings. To make an appointment in Columbus, Georgia, call the office or book online today.

Wound Care Q & A

What types of issues does wound care treat?

At Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C., the team uses wound care to treat ulcers and other slow-healing lesions that affect the feet and toes.

Anyone with an open wound can benefit from wound care, but it’s primarily designed for people with diabetes and other conditions that affect circulation to the feet. If you experience a scrape, cut, or puncture and poor circulation, the wound may become infected. Without treatment, that increases your risk of gangrene or amputation.

Who is a candidate for wound care?

You might benefit from wound care at Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C. if you have an underlying medical issue that increases your risk of leg and foot ulcers, like:

  • Poor circulation
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Alcoholism

You might also be a candidate for wound care if you have a structural abnormality, like a bunion or a hammertoe. 

When should I consider wound care?

Make an appointment at Columbus Foot & Ankle, PC., if you experience symptoms of an open wound or ulcer, including:

  • Dry skin
  • Cracked skin
  • Scaly skin
  • Bleeding
  • A rash
  • Brown discoloration
  • A strong odor

These signs may indicate an infection, so it’s important to get professional help.

What happens during a wound care visit?

At Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C., the team tailors wound care to each individual’s needs. 

First, your provider asks you to remove your shoes and socks. Then, they carefully examine your feet and toes, assessing the size, shape, and appearance of the ulcer. Your provider might also order X-rays to see how deep the ulcer goes or determine if you have a bone infection.

What treatments does wound care provide?

At Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C., the team offers various wound care services. After a complete exam, your provider develops a treatment plan that relieves pain and helps heal your wound. Depending on your needs, that might include:

  • Topical wound care
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Antiplatelet or anti-clotting medications
  • Wound debridement
  • Compression garments
  • Alginate dressings
  • Orthotics
  • Elevation

If you have a large wound or your wound becomes infected, surgical intervention might be necessary.

To learn more about the various types of wound care, make an appointment at Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C. by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.