When a wound is caught very early, medication such as an antibiotic may cause the ulcer to heal quickly. In most cases however, more advanced wound care is necessary. This entails management of the pressures that have caused the ulcer to form. This is done with a cast, fracture boot, or other pressure management system. While often overlooked by some, this step is critical to wound healing.
In conjunction with offloading the wound, different wound dressing will be used to promote healing. In some cases, advanced biological skin substitute dressings, such as Dermagraft or Apligraf, will be necessary to fully promote healing. There are also times where surgery is required to heal the ulcer. Your Houston podiatrist will recommend what is the best protocol to heal your ulcer in the most efficient manner possible.
Houston Foot & Ankle Specialist Dr. Andrew Schneider offers sports podiatry, diabetic foot care, and treatment and surgery of all foot and ankle problems to residents of Houston Texas and surrounding areas. Contact us today for an immediate appointment.