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Estero Foot Ulcer Wound Care Treatment

Estero Foot Ulcer Wound Care Treatment

As the percentage of the population living with diabetes continues to climb, so too does the number of people suffer from diabetic ulcers or wounds on their feet.

Diabetic wounds need immediate, specialized care in order to achieve the best possible outcome. You won’t always feel much pain because ulcers are more likely to form when sensation in your lower limbs has been dulled by neuropathy. Instead you may notice redness, swelling, drainage in your socks, or even a foul odor.

A wound that won’t heal can quickly lead to infection, and infection left unchecked could cost you a toe, a foot, a leg, or even your life.

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Why Diabetic Ulcers Form

Diabetes can create a perfect storm for wound formation. Unregulated blood sugar can damage peripheral nerves (a condition called neuropathy) deadening your sense of feeling in the feet. It also slows your circulation, which in turn impairs your immune system and natural healing processes. Trauma due to accidents and progressive foot deformities such as bunions are more likely to occur.

Due to reduced sensation, you may not detect an injury, cut, or scrape until long after the fact, and slowed circulation means that any ulcer that subsequently forms may not heal on its own. When this happens, don’t try to take matters into your own hands—schedule an appointment with us right away. Considering the consequences, it’s not worth taking the risks.

Providing Professional Wound Care

When you show up at our office with a diabetic wound, our focus will be on preventing infection (or treating any infection already present) and bringing about healing as quickly as possible.

Wound treatment is composed of several independent steps, including:

  • Off-loading: You need to reduce weight and pressure on the injury as much as possible to allow it to heal. Depending on your situation, we may provide a brace, boot, crutches, or a wheelchair for you to use for a period of time.
  • Debridement: We’ll clean the wound site of any dead or damaged skin and tissue.
  • Apply medication and dressing to the wound as necessary.

If an infection is diagnosed, additional steps will need to be undertaken in order to reverse the progression. Recovery time can vary considerably depending on factors such as your general health ability to off-load pressure on the wound site, ability to regulate glucose levels, circulation quality, and more.   

An Ounce of Prevention

Foot ulcers are a common complication of diabetes, but they are by no means inevitable. In fact, the vast majority of cases (and virtually all amputations) are preventable with disciplined self-care and prompt medical attention when problems arise.

Prevention strategies include:

  • Keep feet clean and moisturized at least once per day for any trouble spots
  • Carefully keep your blood sugar levels in check
  • Quit smoking and avoid excessive drinking
  • Take steps to reduce conditions such as obesity or high cholesterol through a combination of lifestyle changes and/or medications
  • Choose supportive, comfortable, closed-toed shoes that are firm at the heel but give toes space to wiggle. Check them before putting them on to ensure there are no hidden objects lurking inside custom made orthotics can also help.

Don’t underestimate the danger of a diabetic wound. If you notice any signs of ulceration, including redness or drainage, don’t give it the chance to become something more.

Instead, call the experts at Total Podiatry, 239-949-2121.

Dr. Alphonse Tribuiani

Dr. Alphonse R. Tribuiani, DPM, FACFAS has been in practice in Southwest Florida for over eighteen years and has been one of the leaders in anti-fungal/anti-bacterial skin and nail treatments. Dr. Tribuiani formulated and created Deep Cover System® treatment, which was the first fashion line to help cure unsightly nail fungus and skin disorders. These products were sold throughout the United States.
He received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey and his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. He completed a one year surgical and medical residency at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia followed by a two-year surgical residency at Crozer-Keystone Health System where he received extensive training in trauma and re-constructive surgery of the foot and ankle with special emphasis on diabetic limb salvage, Charcot reconstruction and wound care management.
He has been featured in local and nation television and magazines including FOX News, NBC, Shop NBC, Cosmopolitan, Lucky, and Allure magazines.​

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Dr. Tribuiani Acclaimed by Naples Illustrated

We are proud to announce that Dr. Tribuiani has been selected by his peers as a Naples Podiatry Top Physician of 2022.  Look for the complete article in the March issue of Naples Illustrated.