A foot wound can be one of the most frightening conditions one can encounter. An ulcer, whether caused by diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, trauma, or another reason, can multiply the chances of an infection to form. The infection can spread to bone and lead to amputation. Early detection is key and Dr. Andrew Schneider in Houston, TX has made it his mission to aggressively treat and heal wounds to ensure his patients will be walking for years to come.
A wound is an injury involving a break in the skin. Wounds that do not heal in a timely fashion can become chronic non-healing wounds, which can cause pain, discomfort and limit mobility.
Chronic wounds often result from other serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and blood circulation disorders. Other contributing factors include poor nutritional intake, abnormal pressure on skin over bony areas and chronic tobacco abuse. For people with diabetes, diabetic ulcers and diabetic wounds are a main cause of forming diabetic foot infections, which can put the limb at risk.
Wounds that do not heal are of particular concern because of the ease that they can become infected. As the wound deepens, an infection within the wound may travel to bone. This situation is the number one cause of lower extremity amputations. This is why you should never wait for a wound to heal “on its own.” Seek out a physician who is specifically qualified in wound healing.
Dr. Schneider is a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association and is involved with clinics specifically focused around healing chronic wounds. He stays at the forefront of technology, using advanced modalities, such as Microvas, Dermagraft, and ultrasonic wound debridements to get his patients to completely heal.