Dear patients and visitors,
Please know that our office is following all recommended guidance
from public health authorities, including best practices for hygiene,
infection control and medical professional team health. Our highest
priority is to keep all our patients and staff as safe as possible. Due to
Governor Tony Evers’ SAFER AT HOME orders, we will have limited
hours and staffing until the orders end on May 26 th or later if these
orders should be extended. We will only be seeing a limited number of
patients and only those where the appointment is necessary for their
immediate health and safety. We ask that anyone who enters our office
practices social distancing of 6 feet and covers their mouth and nose
when you cough or sneeze. Please STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK.
If you call our office and no one answers, please leave us a message.
Someone will be checking messages several times a day and will get
back to you. Thank you for your patience and understanding during
these trying times. We all need to work together to keep everyone in
our community safe and to minimize the risk to one another.
Bay Area Foot Clinic
Ulcers, which are open sores in the skin, occur when the outer layers of the skin are injured and the deeper tissues become exposed. They can be caused by excess pressure due to ill-fitting shoes, long periods in bed, or after an injury that breaks the skin. Ulcers are commonly seen in patients who have diabetes, neuropathy or vascular disease. Open wounds can put patients at increased risk of developing infection in the skin and bone.
The signs and symptoms of ulcers may include drainage, odor, or red, inflamed, thickened tissue. Pain may or may not be present.
Diagnosis may include x-rays to evaluate possible bone involvement. Other advanced imaging studies may also be ordered to evaluate for vascular disease, which may affect a patient’s ability to heal the wound.
Ulcers are treated by removing the unhealthy tissue and performing local wound care to assist in healing. Special shoes or padding may be used to remove excess pressure on the area. If infection is present, antibiotics will be necessary. In severe cases that involve extensive infection or are slow to heal, surgery or other advanced wound care treatments may be necessary.