Wound Care: Healing Lower Leg Ulcers

Wound Care
Dr. Thomas LeBeau performing a foot exam.

 

Wound Care

Wound Care: Healing Lower Leg Ulcers

Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Foot ulcers and other open foot wounds are a major cause of disability, morbidity and mortality. Varicose veins, poor circulation and diabetes can lead to open foot wounds.

Approximately 15 percent of diabetic patients develop diabetic foot ulcers. Some even suffer foot amputations, many of which are preventable with proper foot wound care treatment.

Foot and ankle wounds can be caused by traumatic injury or could be arterial and venous wounds, pressure ulcers, diabetic wounds and wounds related to diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. Older patients are also vulnerable to poor circulation, decreased sensation and impaired healing.

Wounds can be treated conservatively or aggressively depending on the severity. Like any ailment the best treatment is prevention. For example someone with diabetes should get on a diabetic foot care regiment. A regular diabetic foot care regiment will help prevent future problems that could not only include wounds but also amputations.  Diabetics should be on a diabetic foot care regiment no ifs, ands, or buts about it. However, if you have a foot ulcer/ foot wound that has already developed the sooner you are treated the better. Some foot wounds can be treated with wraps and antibiotics while others may require procedures and skin grafts. All of this often depends on the severity of the foot ulcer / foot wound and how soon it is treated.

Fortunately, wound care is a specialty of podiatry doctor Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM.

See Dr. LeBeau for foot and ankle wound care that includes:
• Foot ulcer treatment and other foot wound care treatment
• Leg ulcer treatment and other leg wound care treatment

Take a step toward saving your feet. Call Dr. LeBeau’s office today at 904-824-0869. Please feel free to use our online Request an Appointment at info@staugustinefoot.com

Wound Care

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Dr. Thomas LeBeau is a board certified Wound Care specialist.
Dr. Thomas LeBeau is a board certified Wound Care specialist.

Wound Care 

Dr. Thomas LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Foot ulcers and other open foot wounds are a major cause of disability, morbidity and mortality.

Varicose veins, poor circulation and diabetes can lead to open foot wounds.

Approximately 15 percent of diabetic patients develop diabetic foot ulcers. Some even suffer foot amputations, many of which are preventable with proper foot wound care treatment.

Foot and ankle wounds can be caused by traumatic injury or could be arterial and venous wounds, pressure ulcers, diabetic wounds and wounds related to diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. Older patients are also vulnerable to poor circulation, decreased sensation and impaired healing.

Wounds can be treated conservatively or aggressively depending on the severity. Like any ailment the best treatment is prevention. For example someone with diabetes should get on a diabetic foot care regiment. A regular diabetic foot care regiment will help prevent future problems that could not only include wounds but also amputations.  Diabetics should be on a diabetic foot care regiment no ifs, ands, or buts about it. However, if you have a foot ulcer/ foot wound that has already developed the sooner you are treated the better. Some foot wounds can be treated with wraps and antibiotics while others may require procedures and skin grafts. All of this often depends on the severity of the foot ulcer / foot wound and how soon it is treated.

Fortunately, wound care is a specialty of podiatry doctor Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM.

See Dr. LeBeau for foot and ankle wound care that includes:

• Foot ulcer treatment and other foot wound care treatment
• Leg ulcer treatment and other leg wound care treatment

Take a step toward saving your feet. Call Dr. LeBeau’s office today at 904-824-0869. Please feel free to use our online Request an Appointment at info@staugustinefoot.com

 

Dr. Thomas LeBeau St. Augustine

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Dr. Thomas LeBeau St. Augustine
Dr. Thomas LeBeau, here to help YOU!

Dr. Thomas LeBeau St. Augustine

Dr. Thomas LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Although Dr. Thomas LeBeau is a highly skilled surgeon, he has been successfully helping patients recover from foot or ankle problems using conservative, nonsurgical methods for years. After helping thousands of patients overcome pain and lost function, he knows that surgery isn’t always the best solution.

However, in those cases where surgery is the only solution, he uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques to shorten recovery time and reduce or eliminate complications. Whatever foot and ankle condition you have, rest assured that Dr. Thomas LeBeau offers the latest cosmetic and corrective care.

The right approach to help you get the right results.

Helping you achieve a fast, hassle-free recovery is Dr. Thomas LeBeau’s highest priority. That’s why St. Augustine Foot and Ankle provides state-of-the-art equipment such diagnostic ultrasound, computer-generated foot and ankle orthotics and comprehensive physical therapy services to support his conservative approach to podiatric care. Computer-generated orthotics are thin and lightweight and may eliminate the need for surgery.

Podiatric care that puts you first.

At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle, in St. Augustine, Florida your concerns matter. You are Dr. LeBeau’s main focus. He wants you to have proper treatment so you can go back to doing what you love most in life. Dr. LeBeau is a good listener — he’ll hear you out, helping you make smart choices about your foot and ankle health. He’ll take the time to explain all the treatment options available to you for any foot or ankle condition.

Conveniences for a more positive care experience.

  • Most insurance accepted and filed for you
  • Visa and MasterCard accepted
  • CareCredit® financing available
  • One of the few Medicaid providers in the area
  • Handicapped-accessible
  • Free parking
  • Easy-to-find location
  • Friendly, professional staff

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help you with your diabetic foot care and keep your feet healthy and functioning. If you are a diabetic please  give us a call to set an appointment as soon as possible at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com

 

Diabetic Foot Care

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A specific diabetic foot care regiment is key to managing your diabetes.

Tips for Diabetic Foot Care

Thomas A. LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

 Diabetes will spell bad news for your feet if you are not aware of the issues that can be caused or how to recognize them. A specific diabetic foot care regiment is key to managing your diabetes. Diabetes can reduce the circulation in your feet, depriving your feet of oxygen and nutrients. As a result blisters, sores, and cuts will take longer to heal or may not heal at all. Nerve damage caused by diabetes called peripheral neuropathy can be the source of numbness in your feet. When you are unable to feel cuts and blisters they are more likely to become infected and become sores. When you are unable to feel those sores and they go untreated the sores can become deeply infected, and lead to amputation.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can also cause sharp pain in your feet. You may become excruciatingly sensitive to the lightest touch, like the sheets on your bed. Standing and walking may become completely unbearable. Fortunately, a little TLC goes a long way in preventing foot problems from diabetes.

Here are a few tips that can help:

1)      Check both feet daily

2)      Wash with warm water (not hot)

3)      Wear properly fitting shoes

4)      Avoid walking barefoot

5)      Be aware of sensation in your feet (or lack of it)

6)      Do low or non-impact exercise

7)      Fix structural issues like bunions, corns, and hammertoes

8)      Get fitted for and use a custom orthotic

9)      Control your blood sugar

If you notice a change in the sensation in your feet (particularly numbness), have any unexplained pain, or structural issues like bunions, corns, or hammertoes get to a podiatrist as soon as possible. Diabetic foot care is paramount to anyone suffering from diabetes. The sooner you begin monitoring your feet and get on a diabetic foot care regiment the better and more likely it will be to avoid serious complications.

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help you with your diabetic foot care and keep your feet healthy and functioning. If you are a diabetic please  give us a call to set an appointment as soon as possible at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com