Foot wounds that don’t heal properly can present a whole host of potential risks and complications and should be promptly and effectively treated by an experienced podiatrist. At Local Foot Doc, with two offices in Brooklyn, New York, and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria, podiatrist Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, merges extensive knowledge with the latest innovative diagnostic testing and treatment methods to care for your foot wound and improve your general health. For podiatric wound care to put your mind at ease, schedule an appointment over the phone or book online.
What is a nonhealing wound?
A nonhealing wound refers to an open sore that doesn’t seem to heal properly. If you have a nonhealing foot wound, you might notice various symptoms, such as:
- Foot pain
- Drainage on your socks
- Redness and swelling of the area
- Foot odor
You might have a nonhealing wound if it hasn’t started to heal in about two weeks or if it hasn’t completely healed in about six weeks.
What causes nonhealing wounds?
Some of the most common types of nonhealing wounds are caused by:
- Radiation sores
- Diabetes, poor blood flow, or swollen legs
- Nerve damage
- Skin cancers
- A lack of feeling in the foot
- Foot irritation, friction, or pressure
- Foot deformities
Vascular disease and elevated blood sugar levels reduce your body’s ability to heal a wound on your skin, increase your risk of getting an infection, and slow your body’s natural healing process.
Factors that might increase your risk of developing a nonhealing wound include:
- Being inactive or immobile
- Having a weakened immune system
- Poor nutrition
- Excess alcohol use
Nonhealing wounds can take months to heal, and some may never heal completely.
What does wound care involve?
After determining why your wound isn’t healing, Dr. Majdanski creates an individualized treatment plan to:
- Heal your wound
- Prevent it from worsening or getting infected
- Prevent limb loss
- Prevent new wounds from occurring or old wounds from recurring
The Local Foot Doc team remains dedicated to caring for, cleaning, and dressing your wound, and teaching you how to take care of your wound at home. Wound care might also involve:
- Physical therapy and a personalized exercise program
- Wound examination and measurement
- Blood flow assessment in the area around the wound
- Surgical debridement — the process of removing dead tissue and skin with a scalpel or other special surgical tool
- Medications to help blood flow, lower inflammation, lower pain, or prevent blood clotting
- Compression stockings
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy
- Other custom assistive orthotic devices and products, such as bandages or a special shoe
- Healthy lifestyle changes, such as a healthy nutrient-dense diet and stress management
- Closing large wounds with stitches or staples
- Antibiotics to treat infection
The Local Foot Doc team recommends you quit smoking if you’re a smoker, since smoking can negatively impact blood circulation.
In some cases, Dr. Majdanski recommends surgical care to remove pressure on the affected area, such as the shaving or excision of bone and the correction of certain deformities like bunions.