Wound Care Specialist

Lower Limb Institute

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in Hackensack, NJ & Edison, NJ

Between 10-15% of people with diabetes develop foot ulcers. Wound care provides a safe and effective way to ease pain and limit additional complications. At Lower Limb Institute, expert podiatrist Mina Abadeer, DPM, provides wound care to people of all ages. Using his years of training and advanced care methodologies, he can significantly lower your risk of infection. To schedule an appointment at the Hackensack or Edison, New Jersey, office, call or book online today.

Wound Care Q&A

What is wound care?

Wound care is a medical specialty that diagnoses, treats, and prevents diabetic ulcers. If you have diabetes or another health problem that affects circulation, you’re also at risk of slow-healing wounds.

Over time, diabetes damages the nerves in your legs and feet. That means you won’t necessarily experience pain if you cut yourself or step on a foreign object.

When left untreated, these types of wounds may become infected, increasing your risk of tissue death (gangrene) or the need for amputation.

With wound care, Dr. Abadeer catches potentially serious problems early on in an effort to encourage healing and a better quality of life.

Who can benefit from wound care?

Anyone who develops a diabetic ulcer or slow-healing wound can benefit from wound care. Common symptoms of slow-healing wounds include:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation and redness
  • Pus drainage
  • Skin discoloration
  • A foul odor emanating from the wound

As the infection progresses, you might also develop a fever or chills. 

What does wound care involve?

At Lower Limb Institute, no two wound care treatment plans are exactly alike. Dr. Abadeer makes recommendations based on each individual’s health history and needs.

Following a comprehensive physical exam and a discussion of your lifestyle and symptoms, he might recommend:

  • Skin glue, sutures, or stitches
  • Packing your wound with gauze
  • Applying bandages and dressings
  • Disinfecting and drying the wounds
  • Taking weight off your foot with a cast or splint
  • Debridement

If you have a wound that’s large or infected and it doesn’t respond to more conservative treatments, Dr. Abadeer might recommend surgical intervention like a skin graft or the application of a skin substitute.  

Is there any way to prevent the need for wound care?

There’s no way to prevent the need for wound care entirely, but by practicing self-care, you can significantly lower your risk. 

If you have diabetes, Dr. Abadeer recommends inspecting your feet daily, washing them well, and keeping your toenails trimmed. 

In addition, it’s important to wear comfortable, supportive footwear with a large toe box and to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly. By following these tips, you can keep your feet and legs healthy for years to come.

To see if you can benefit from wound care, schedule an appointment at Lower Limb Institute. Call the nearest location or book online today.