Foot Ulcers Specialist

Elite Foot and Ankle -  - Podiatrist

Elite Foot and Ankle

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Burbank, CA

While diabetes presents several health concerns, diabetic foot ulcers rank near the top of the list. To avoid dire outcomes that can stem from foot ulcers, namely infection and amputation, you need a qualified podiatric team in your corner like the one found at Elite Foot and Ankle. Leading this team is foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Emily Chau, who has specialized training in maintaining and healing a healthy wound. For comprehensive care of your foot ulcers, call the office in Burbank, California, or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.

Foot Ulcers Q & A

What are foot ulcers?

Diabetic foot ulcers are sores or wounds that usually develop on the soles of your feet, though they can affect other areas of your feet, ankles, and lower legs. These complications are fairly common — affecting approximately 15% of those with diabetes. 

Foot ulcers typically develop as a result of poor circulation, which leaves your feet vulnerable to arterial or venous ulcers, or a mixture of both.

Complicating matters is the presence of peripheral neuropathy, which can compromise your ability to feel when there’s a problem. This means that excess friction or pressure on your feet, as well as small injuries, may go unnoticed, allowing an open wound to form.

Under normal circumstances, a wound on your foot isn’t cause for concern, but when you have diabetes, your impaired circulation prevents critical healing resources from reaching your feet, placing you at a much higher risk for developing an infection.

As a result, a foot ulcer can be a serious problem that requires the immediate and expert care of Dr. Chau.

How are foot ulcers treated?

If you develop a foot ulcer, Dr. Chau first determines the underlying cause of the wound so he can tailor the right treatment protocols to your unique situation. By better understanding how your ulcer developed, Dr. Chau is able to identify and address any factors that may prevent your wound from healing.

With the goal of promoting a healthy wound environment and controlling infection, Dr. Chau turns to several advanced techniques to treat foot ulcers, including:

  • Antimicrobial dressings
  • Debridement 
  • Moisture balance maintenance
  • Specialized shoes
  • Pressure-relief devices (such as heel protectors and total contact casts)
  • Increased oxygenation of the wound environment using a hyperbaric oxygen chamber
  • Skin grafts, allografts or skin graft substitutes

Recognizing that no two people are alike, Dr. Chau takes a personalized approach to your problem to ensure the best outcome.

Can foot ulcers be prevented?

To avoid foot ulcers, the best practice emphasizes prevention. Your first line of defense in preventing foot ulcers is to ensure that you have a multidisciplinary medical team addressing your diabetes from every angle.

When it comes to your feet, regular visits with Dr. Chau, as well as the at-home care instructions he provides you with, go a long way toward avoiding foot ulcers.

To learn more about prevention, as well as the very best in foot ulcer care, call Elite Foot and Ankle or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.