Treat the infection. The chiropodist will thoroughly clean the wound to remove all infected tissue. Early, aggressive wound cleaning (called “debridement”) has been shown to more rapidly heal these wounds. If there is an infection, antibiotics can be prescribed. If the infection is severe, you may be hospitalized to receive intravenous antibiotics. Dressings are used to prevent further trauma, minimize the risk of infection, relieve local pain, and optimize the environment for healing.
Reduce the Pressure. Depending on the location of your foot ulcer, you may need to keep pressure off the area. This is called “offloading” and means avoiding all mechanical stress on the wound so it can heal. If there is no infection, a total contact cast may be used to relieve pressure (see below). Your chiropodist may recommend using “non-weight bearing” devices such as orthopedic shoes, crutches, a walker, a wheelchair or even bed rest. These can help healing by relieving pressure on the injured part of your foot.
Total Contact Casting system: combines the above treatments in a plaster cast that is proven to be the gold standard among most experts. It is believed to be the best method of offloading to help heal the ulcer. Read more about it here.
Magnetic Biostimulation Therapy: a combination of light and magnetic therapy to aid in the healing process. Read more about it by clicking here.