The human body is a marvelous machine. Every organ and body part works in unison to keep you happy, healthy, and active. But when one part is in danger, you need to get proper care in order to avoid further complications. Throughout life, feet can face a series of medical issues that may require wound care. Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM offers wound care for many issues and can help you on your path towards recovery.
Common Wounds and How Your Podiatrist Can Care For Them
Life comes with wounds. A common part of life is waiting for your wounds to heal. In some instances, wounds may have a harder time healing. As poetic as that may sound, those who require wound care should seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM offers many options for those suffering from wounds. He also offers assistance for foot-related issues such as ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, and blisters. Find out how we can help you stop stepping in pain!
Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses often go together but they’re not interchangeable. Corns are often the result of ill-fitting shoes and will manifest in either hard or soft thickened areas of skin. Hard corns appear on top of smaller toes while soft corns tend to appear between toes. It’s important to note that soft corns can become infected. Calluses, on the other hand, occur when the skin on the foot thickens. Often occurring on the bottom areas of the foot, calluses can become painful if not taken care of in time.
If you have corns or calluses (or both), you need to visit a podiatrist. Popping or cutting off corns and calluses may seem tempting but that’s not an advisable thing to do. Instead, visit Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM to see how we can help you get rid of these painful issues.
Everyone’s had blisters at one point or another. Blisters can occur for a variety of reasons. It’s best to know that you should avoid popping a blister. If, however, the blister is larger than a nickel and incredibly painful, you should visit a podiatrist as soon as possible. It may sound like a dramatic way to care for a blister, but popping it yourself can result in infection and other issues. A podiatrist will use a sterile needle to drain the blister of its fluids. This option should be your first choice if the blister is large and painful. If the blister is small and not giving you too much pain, it’s best not to touch it and just leave it alone. It will eventually pop on its own.
Whether the blister pops by itself or a podiatrist takes care of it for you, you should be aware of how to properly care for the wound afterward. Make sure to keep the site clean and bandaged during the day and let it dry during the night. Blisters can make life painful but if you take proper precautions, they can heal in a short amount of time.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber
The hyperbaric oxygen chamber is the perfect choice for those who require aid when a wound won’t heal because of diabetes or other reasons. These chambers increase the air pressure and, in turn, causes your lungs to breathe in more oxygen. This allows your blood vessels to carry more oxygen throughout your body, thus allowing your wounds to heal in a swift and more effective manner.
Amputation Prevention and Limb Salvage Treatment
Amputation is a constant fear for people living with diabetes. For this reason, we offer amputation prevention services. The main reason diabetic patients require amputation is due to simple mistakes. Since diabetes can cause the nerves of the foot to be less responsive or not responsive at all, injuries can go unnoticed until it’s too late. Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM has many medical practices in place to help his patients avoid amputation.
If, however, amputation prevention wasn’t put in place, a patient’s extremities may be at risk of amputation. Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM offers limb salvage treatments that can help patients avoid amputation of a higher degree. If the foot has already succumbed to disease or infection, minor amputation may be required. But Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM can be the difference between amputating a few toes or an entire foot.
Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM is Ready to Help
No one should have to suffer through wounds that don’t heal properly. Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM is ready to take care of your wounds and foot-related ailments. With his expertise and experience, you can take the first step toward recovery. If you believe you’re at risk for amputation, Dr. Gonzalez can guide you and offer medical assistance to help prevent amputation or salvage your limbs. Don’t go another day with open wounds, let your El Paso podiatrist take care of you today!