LAS VEGAS, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- People with reoccurring foot sores or ulcers are in a constant battle
According to foot and ankle surgeons from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), foot ulcers can be caused by many different ailments in the body, from diabetes, to circulatory problems, to issues with the mechanics of the foot or leg. Foot and ankle surgeons have to dig deep to find the underlying causes and use treatment methods beyond just caring for the wound itself to fix the problem and prevent the wounds from reoccurring.
This week, leading foot and ankle surgeons from around the world came together at ACFAS' 75th Annual Scientific Conference in Las Vegas to advance science and improve patient outcomes in foot and ankle care. Surgeons presented scientific findings aimed to advance therapies for non-healing foot wounds in order to save limbs, restore patient mobility and improve the lives of those living with debilitating foot sores.
"Structural factors of the foot and leg can lead to foot sores caused by rubbing or an imbalance. When the patient also has circulatory issues, a sore on the foot can be difficult to heal," says John Steinberg, DPM, FACFAS, a Washington DC foot and ankle surgeon and President-Elect of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. "We work with a patient to change the mechanics of the foot so the rub creating the ulcer is alleviated, especially to prevent sores from appearing repeatedly, a warning sign for amputation."
Procedures to stabilize the foot and help with rubbing include: lengthening and releasing tendons (tendon balancing and transfers) to help feet and ankles move more efficiently; cutting of the bones (osteotomies) to reposition them in a more aligned position; fusing the joints (arthrodesis) to create stability in the foot/ankle; replacing the joint (arthroplasty) to restore joint range of motion; and correction of deformities such as hammertoes, bunions, flat foot, high arches and bone spurs.
How can patients help keep foot ulcers at bay? Foot and ankle surgeons advise heeding "early warning signs" that prevent difficult-to-heal wounds on the feet before they happen. Telltale signs that an ulcer may be around the corner include:
Paying close attention to feet to prevent injuries can also decrease the likelihood of infection. Patients can take the following precautions to protect their feet:
To keep feet healthy, foot and ankle surgeons agree, being proactive is key. Patients who experience repeat foot ulcers fare best when they take charge of their foot health with the help of a foot and ankle surgeon.
For more information on foot wounds and ulcers, or to find a local foot and ankle surgeon in your area, visit FootHealthFacts.org, the patient education website of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons is a professional society of 7,400 foot and ankle surgeons. Founded in 1942, the College's mission is to promote research and provide continuing education for the foot and ankle surgical specialty, and to educate the general public on foot health and conditions of the foot and ankle through its patient education website, FootHealthFacts.org.
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SOURCE American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
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