"Hi, I'm Dr. Wachtel. This is our 'Frequently Asked Questions Series'. In our practice, patients always ask the question about wounds and whether we treat them. Wounds are open sores that develop due to a number of reasons. It could be trauma, pressure, the way someone walks. Wounds are a very big part of our practice. Diabetics are the most common patients who develop wounds, but there are patients who have what we call 'neuropathy', which is a deadening of the nerves that causes loss of feeling in the feet. Patients with neuropathy are also prone to open wounds or sores, because they can't feel where they're walking.
We have every possible treatment modality that you can provide for someone with a sore.
- X-rays - determining if you have a bone infection
- Debridement - cutting down the skin
- Take home remedies - applied to the wound to help in the healing process
- Vascular Machine - checks your circulation to make sure that your wound will heal properly
- Bracing - devices put into your shoe or against the foot, accommodating where the patient lands and helping you avoid future pressure wounds
We can address any kind of wound, whether it is traumatically induced, or pressure induced. We recommend that you request free copies of 'The Foot Book', which discusses normal things that occur within the foot, and 'Diabetes and Your Healthy Feet', which deals with sores and wounds. These are free resources, provided to our patients for your education. Schedule an appointment today!"