Wound Care Specialist

Family Foot Care

Podiatrist & Wound Care Specialist located in Berkeley Heights, NJ & Hackettstown, NJ

If you injure your foot or are experiencing the signs of a foot ulcer, schedule an appointment for wound care with board-certified podiatrist Gary Quartello, DPM, at Family Foot Care, with locations in Berkeley Heights and Hackettstown, New Jersey. Left untreated, diabetic foot ulcers, and other foot wounds, can lead to infection or even the need for amputation. Take care of your health by booking your appointment online or over the phone today.

Wound Care Q&A

What is wound care?

In podiatry, wound care is a specialty that offers treatment for both general wounds and diabetic wounds/ulcers.

Ulcers are open sores that start as a break in the outer layers of the skin and develop into deeper tissue exposure. Foot ulcers typically occur as a result of an injury, long periods of time spent in bed, or pressure from ill-fitting shoes. 

Foot ulcers are a common problem for people with diabetes, vascular disease, or neuropathy. Neuropathy is the reduced ability or inability to feel pain in an extremity. Longtime diabetic patients can develop neuropathy after prolonged high blood glucose levels cause nerve damage.

Not only are wounds and ulcers painful, but if you don’t treat them properly, you’re also at a much higher risk for developing a skin or bone infection. In extreme cases, the only way to resolve untreated diabetic ulcers is with amputation.

When you turn to Dr. Quartello at Family Foot Care for wound care, you set yourself up to avoid significant pain and suffering. 

What are the signs of diabetic foot ulcers?

Diabetic foot ulcers, as well as other types of foot ulcers, present with telltale signs such as:

  • Drainage
  • Redness  
  • Inflammation and thickening of the tissue
  • Odor 

If you have neuropathy, you likely won’t feel much pain, if any, from your ulcer. If you don’t suffer from neuropathy, you also experience pain as a symptom.

To determine whether or not your ulcer has begun to impact your bone, Dr. Quartello can perform X-rays onsite and advanced imaging studies. If you’ve been unable to heal well, advanced imaging studies can check for vascular disease.

How do you perform wound care?

Typically, Dr. Quartello treats foot ulcers by first removing the unhealthy tissue, and cleaning the wound to promote healing and discourage infection.

Then, he wraps the wound with sterile padding or outfits you with a special shoe designed to take pressure off of your foot. If you have an infection, he also prescribes antibiotics.

If you have an extensive infection or your wound isn’t healing well, Dr. Quartello may suggest advanced treatment, such as surgery. Through surgery, he can remove ulcer-causing pressure by excising or shaving down bones. 

Dr. Quartello also offers surgical options to correct deformities, such as bony bumps, bunions, or hammertoe, that may affect your gait and promote the occurrence of or prohibit the healing of wounds.

Your feet support your whole body, and they’re essential to an independent, active lifestyle. If you’re suffering from a diabetic foot ulcer, or you’ve injured your foot, and it’s not healing well or has become infected, don’t wait to get wound care. Book an appointment at Family Foot Care online or over the phone today.