If you develop one or more chronic wounds, it’s important to seek professional medical help as soon as possible. When left untreated, chronic wounds may become infected, increasing your risk of more serious complications. At Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas, wound care specialists Ashley Huddleston, MD, Autumn Savage, DO, CWS-P, and the team specialize in diagnosing and treating chronic wounds. Using advanced, holistic methods of care, they can minimize discomfort and help you feel better. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.
Chronic wounds are wounds that don’t heal like they’re supposed to. This means they don’t heal on their own and result in the loss of surrounding skin or tissue.
Once a wound becomes chronic, professional medical intervention is necessary. Without treatment, the wound will grow larger, increasing your risk of infection.
Chronic wounds occur for a variety of reasons, including:
You might also develop a chronic wound following exposure to radiation or certain chemicals.
Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine has extensive experience diagnosing and treating many types of chronic wounds.
Venous ulcers occur due to vascular disease. The vein valves in your legs return blood back to your heart, but if they don’t work properly blood can pool. This pooling triggers swelling, causing an ulcer to develop.
Venous ulcers usually form in the lower legs between your ankle and knee.
Diabetic ulcers form due to unmanaged diabetes. These wounds usually occur on the foot, toes, or heels. Because they occur alongside nerve damage, you might not experience any pain.
Diabetic ulcers are usually warm to the touch and cause your surrounding skin to become dry and flaky.
Traumatic ulcers form due to injuries like puncture wounds. They cause a loss of tissue layers, exposing your arterial, venous, or lymphatic system to infection.
Post-surgical wounds occur following a surgical operation. Telltale signs include redness, throbbing, and intense pain or the collection of fluids around the surgical site. You can lower your risk of this type of wound by following your surgeon’s recovery instructions carefully.
Treatment of chronic wounds depends on their severity and effect on your quality of life. Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine uses advanced holistic and synergistic treatments that complement your body’s natural healing process.
Following a physical exam, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your symptoms, the team at Wound Evolution might recommend compression therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, wound debridement, or bioengineered skin grafts. Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to relieve pain, prevent infection, and encourage recovery.
To explore your treatment options for chronic wounds, schedule an appointment at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. Call or book online today.