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What Are Arterial Ulcers?

An individual may develop a number of different kinds of wounds on their feet over the course of their lifetime. Diabetics are particularly prone to developing this kind of foot affliction. Arterial ulcers are a specific kind of wound that one ought to be aware of. This kind of wound is characterized by its rounded shape. Often these wounds will have very clearly defined lines around the affected area. In terms of location on the feet, arterial ulcers are usually found on the tips of toes and on the heels. While an individual with arterial ulcers may not experience any bleeding at the base of the wound, it is important to note that the wounds themselves are usually extremely deep. If you have an arterial ulcer, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as these wounds can be highly painful. This foot specialist can help you mitigate and treat the problem.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from William Street Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in William Street in New York, NY, Madison Avenue, New York, NY, Forest Hills, NY, and Broadway in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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