Posts for: August, 2016
Patients often come to foot doctors with concerns about sores, wounds and lesions on the feet. One type of foot problem that is very urgent for podiatrists and their patients alike is a calcaneal wound. Without critical and proper treatment, these types of lesions could become very serious and even lead to the amputation of foot tissue. Learn more about calcaneal wounds, what causes them and how they can be treated successfully by your podiatrist.
What Is a Calcaneal Wound?
A calcaneal wound is a problem that occurs around the heel. The word “calcaneus” is a more formal word for the heel bone. The wound progressively gets worse, starting as a small sore, progressing to an ulcer and then (if not properly treated in early stages) it can become an infected series of lesions and ulcers that requires tissue to be removed. In extreme cases, amputation may be necessary.
How Does this Type of Wound Develop?
Calcaneal wounds usually develop as a result of direct injury to the heel of the foot, obesity (continual pressure on the same area of the foot causes the ulcer to form) or diabetic complications. If a patient experiences a severe trauma to the heel of the foot that causes a wound, but doesn’t get it treated it can progress to an infection. Patients who are overweight often develop pressure ulcer on their heels. And diabetic patients who experience neuropathy (nerve damage) due to outÂofÂcontrol blood glucose levels are also susceptible to calcaneal wounds.
Calcaneal Wound Treatments
It’s important to see a podiatrist at the first signs of a calcaneal wound. The usual treatment plan includes cleaning the wound thoroughly, removing bad tissue, applying wound care medication, bandaging the area and prescribing antibiotics to fight infection. In serious cases surgical treatment may be necessary correct the problem.
If you are at risk of developing calcaneal wounds, sores or ulcers in any part of your foot, keep a direct line open with your podiatrist. Schedule regular checkups with your foot doctor to continually monitor the condition of your feet. It’s also important that you follow doctor’s orders from your primary care provider.
Do you have dry, cracked feet? Are you tired of having itchy feet? Due to a variety of conditions, your feet can feel hard and not baby soft. Due to hot or cold weather, or using your feet for practical purposes like standing and walking, your feet can take a beating. With help from your podiatrist, let’s take a look at a few easy steps to get softer, smoother feet!
Keep Them Clean
The first step is an important one—make sure your feet and toenails are clean! Be sure to wash them with an exfoliator to remove dead skin in the shower or bath. After exfoliating, moisturize your feet to add temporary softness.
Another trick you can do is to moisturize your feet overnight. Before you head to bed, apply a layer of moisturizer on your feet, but be careful between the toes (fungus can thrive where it is greasy and moist). After applying moisturizer, put on clean cotton socks and head for bed. In the morning, you can take your socks off and throw them in the wash. Be sure to wash your feet to get rid of the excess lotion.
To learn more about other options for getting softer, smoother feet, contact your podiatrist today! We can help you take charge of your feet and protect them from harm.