We treat and cure diabetic foot ulcers at Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine and we do it in our outpatient office so that you don’t have to go to the hospital.
In fact, foot ulcers are one of the most common wounds we treat. These ulcers can occur for many reasons, especially in people who are diabetic. Diabetic foot ulcers occur most often on the bottoms of the feet and toes. Ulcers on the sides of the foot are usually due to poorly fitting shoes. People with diabetes can develop nerve damage, also called neuropathy, which results in loss of feeling in the feet. Neuropathy prevents people from feeling a small pebble or scrape that might exist, thus leading to non-healing foot ulcers or foot wounds.
Foot Ulcers & Infections
Foot ulcers left untreated can worsen and develop infection. In fact, you might not notice a foot injury until the skin breaks down and becomes infected. Infections can be treated in our outpatient facility with either oral or I.V. antibiotics.
If your diabetic foot ulcer is not healing, we will assess the 5 Reasons Your Wound Won’t Heal.
Offloading: Taking Pressure off of Your Foot Ulcer
Dr. Ruben may ask you to wear special shoes, or a brace or a total contact cast. This process is called offloading. You may need to use a wheelchair or crutches for awhile. These devices will take the pressure off of the ulcer area and is an essential factor in healing the diabetic ulcer.
Our outpatient facility, located on the border of West Bloomfield, Walled Lake and Commerce township, is just minutes from Farmington, Farmington Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Troy, Southfield, Berkley, Brighton and Detroit and we treat patients from all over the tri-county Metro Detroit area including the Michigan counties of Macomb, Wayne, Oakland and more.