Wound Care

Wound Care

Wound Care services offered in Northridge and Santa Clarita, CA

Professional wound care provides a safe and effective treatment option for diabetic ulcers and other slow-healing wounds. Treatments, like wound debridement, topical ointments, and wound dressings, can reduce the risk of infection and keep your feet healthy. At Babak Kosari, DPM Inc, board-certified foot and ankle surgeon Babak Kosari, DPM, offers wound care to people of all ages. Call the nearest office in the neighborhood of Santa Clarita, California, or the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, or book an appointment online today.

Wound Care Q & A

What is wound care?

Wound care is a branch of podiatry that diagnoses and treats diabetic ulcers, arterial ulcers, and other slow-healing wounds that form on the toes, legs, or feet. 

People of all ages can experience open leg and foot wounds, but they’re most common in those with poor circulation. If you have diabetes or peripheral artery disease (PAD), blood flows more slowly to your lower extremities. Over time, that increases the risk of serious issues, like infection, gangrene, or amputation.

Wound care tries to prevent these and other conditions through a combination of preventive screenings, at-home care, and patient education.

Who can benefit from wound care?

You might benefit from wound care at Babak Kosari, DPM Inc if you have:

  • Poor circulation
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes

You’re also more likely to develop foot and toe ulcers if you drink excessive amounts of alcohol or use tobacco.

When should I schedule a wound care appointment?

Make a wound care appointment at Babak Kosari, DPM Inc if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Redness

You should also seek treatment if you have an open wound that bleeds or oozes pus.

What happens during a wound care visit?

At Babak Kosari, DPM Inc, a wound care visit begins with a review of your medical records and a discussion of your symptoms, including when you first noticed the wound, if its size changed, and whether it’s painful.

Next, your provider completes an exam. They check the size, location, and appearance of the ulcer and look for signs of infection or gangrene. They also examine your surrounding skin and order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to determine how far the wound extends beneath your skin.

What does wound care involve?

At Babak Kosari, DPM Inc, the goal of wound care is to reduce the risk of infection and encourage your body’s natural healing process. Your provider might recommend:

  • Topical wound care
  • Antiplatelet medications
  • Compression garments
  • Draining the wounds
  • Custom orthotics
  • Laser therapy
  • Elevation
  • Taking pressure off the wound with a cast or a splint
  • Debridement (removing infected tissue)

If you have an infection or gangrene, your provider might recommend reconstructive surgery with skin grafts.

Learn more about professional wound care by making an appointment at Babak Kosari, DPM Inc. Call the nearest office or book online today.