Wound Care Specialists

Bay Area Foot Care -  - Podiatry

Bay Area Foot Care

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in San Francisco, San Rafael, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Oakland, Walnut Creek & San Leandro, CA

Chronic, non-healing wounds and ulcers require expert care to prevent the development of gangrene and the risk of limb amputation. At Bay Area Foot Care, the skilled podiatrists provide unparalleled expertise in comprehensive wound care to ensure your wound doesn’t get infected. Bay Area Foot Care has locations in San Rafael, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and San Leandro, California, as well as in the neighborhoods of Lower Pacific Heights, Inner Richmond, NoPa, and the Mission District in San Francisco. Find relief from the pain and discomfort of ulcers and non-healing wounds by scheduling a wound care visit online or by calling your nearest office today.

Wound Care Q & A

What Types of Wounds Require Medical Treatment?

At Bay Area Foot Care, the podiatrists have training in the diagnosis and management of chronic, non-healing wounds like:

  • Diabetic Ulcerations: Diabetic ulcerations develop when high blood sugar levels damage the lining of your blood vessels, leading to wounds opening in your skin. Diabetes naturally slows down the healing process, which leads to non-healing wounds.
  • Pressure Ulcerations: Pressure ulcerations develop when pressure is applied to the skin for long periods of time. This is often due to bed rest — which causes bed sores — but can also occur from improper footwear.
  • Venous Ulcerations: Venous ulcerations develop in varicose veins that cause blood to pool in your veins and bulge outward. These damaged veins can break through your skin and open up, leaving a non-healing wound.
  • Arterial/Ischemic Ulcerations: Arterial ulcerations develop due to poor blood flow, which allows the skin overlying your blood vessels to die, causing an open wound.

 

Ulcers can cause pain, itching, and general discomfort and can easily become infected, which may lead to gangrene and increases your risk of limb loss.

How are Ulcers Diagnosed?

Your Bay Area Foot Care provider diagnoses the cause of your ulcer after a thorough consultation and physical exam. They ask about your medical history, chronic health conditions, lifestyle, and symptoms. 

Your provider also examines your wound or ulcer to assess for artery and vein involvement and determines the severity of your ulcer.

Your provider works with you to explain the underlying cause of your wound and steps you can take to prevent more wounds from forming. Education is a key component of your wound care at Bay Area Foot Care.

How are Ulcers Treated?

Bay Area Foot Care has the best wound care specialists in the Bay Area area to help you heal. Your provider begins by carefully cleaning your wound and removing any damaged or dead tissue from the area. 

They work with vascular surgeons, reconstructive microsurgeons, and other specialists to repair damaged blood vessels so your body can heal naturally.

Bay Area Foot Care takes a comprehensive and long-term approach to treating ulcers and non-healing wounds to protect the health of your lower limbs and body as a whole.

To learn more about wound care at Bay Area Foot Care, call your nearest office or use the online scheduling tool.