Although simple cuts and scrapes usually heal on their own with just a clean bandage and a little time, there are some wounds that require additional attention. Any cut in the skin or tissue is considered a wound. Wounds can be caused by traumas and accidents, surgeries, or can be a condition associated with a disease, such as neuropathy or diabetes. Foot wounds fall into two categories:
Acute Wounds—Acute wounds are those injuries that happen due to a specific circumstance and heal within a relatively short period of time. They may heal on their own or require some professional medical intervention.
Chronic Wounds—Chronic wounds are wounds that are present for a longer period of time (a month or more) and do not show any signs of healing. Chronic wounds are associated with diabetes, neuropathy, certain cancers, and liver and kidney diseases. Any condition that negatively impacts a person’s immune system or circulation can put him or her at greater risk for a chronic wound. In these cases, a wound may not be detected right away due to a lack of feeling in the foot and it may be slow to heal because of decreased immunity and flow of blood to the wound area. Other causes of chronic wounds include being bedridden, frostbite, burns, or chemical exposure. Chronic wounds need careful monitoring. At Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic, our trained staff are experts in the Oklahoma City area at treating and managing chronic wounds. If you have a wound that does not seem to be healing, schedule an appointment at either our Norman or Edmond office to see our board certified podiatrist, Dr. A. Bil Buksh.
Signs to Watch For—All wounds, whether acute or chronic, have the possibility of becoming infected, although infection is a much greater concern for patients suffering from chronic wounds. The following are warning signs that an infection may be starting: increasing pain, redness at the wound site, heat or swelling around the wound, increased drainage from the wound site or a change in the fluid, odor coming from the wound, fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting. If you notice any of these symptoms, please call our office right away at (405) 285-7408 to schedule an appointment.