Florida Foot and Ankle
Mark A. Matey, DPM
Podiatrist located in Jacksonville, FL
Any wound on your foot, no matter how small, can have a surprising impact on your mobility, as well as lead to larger problems if infection sets in. At Florida Foot and Ankle, Mark Matey, DPM, provides excellent wound care that stops the pain and restores function as quickly as possible. If you’ve wounded your foot and you’re located in Jacksonville or Palm Coast, Florida, call or use the online scheduling tool for experienced wound care.
Wound Care Q & A
What types of wounds are treated?
As the foundation of your mobility, your feet are almost always in motion during your waking hours, and they can encounter any number of hazards. Whether you slice your foot on a piece of glass or puncture it with a nail, these types of wounds are tricky because of the distance between your heart and this lower extremity. This distance slows healing resources, which is why it’s imperative that you seek Dr. Matey’s care to prevent infection.
In addition to the traumas mentioned above, you may also develop wounds because of:
- Ill-fitting shoes
- Diabetic ulcers
- Athlete’s foot
In other words, any condition that creates an open wound on your foot is cause for concern.
Why is wound care important?
Wound care for your feet is important for many reasons. To start, a wound on your foot can be extremely painful and debilitating. Consequently, the medical care at Florida Foot and Ankle aims to tackle both your comfort and function.
Patients who suffer from pre-existing conditions like diabetes, peripheral artery disease, or neuropathy have to be especially vigilant about foot wound care, as even the smallest opening can lead to a dangerous infection.
What are the treatments for wound care?
When you come in to see Dr. Matey, he examines your wound, reviews your symptoms, and gathers information about your medical history, all of which will dictate his treatment plan moving forward.
If you’re otherwise healthy, he takes the necessary steps to address the immediate problem, including:
- Disinfecting the wound
- Debriding the wound (clearing away damaged tissue and foreign objects)
- Bandaging or stitching the wound
- Prescribing antibiotics, if necessary
If you’ve encountered metal, he also ensures that you’re up to date on your tetanus vaccine.
If you’re diabetic or you have some other medical condition that prevents your feet from healing properly, Dr. Matey performs the above steps, but he watches over your wound more carefully to ensure that infection doesn’t take hold.
For all of your wound care needs, call one of the three Florida Foot and Ankle locations or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.