Ulcer Treatments

Ulcer Treatments

Ulcer Treatments services offered in Sacramento, CA

If you have slow-healing wounds on your ankles, feet, or toes, ulcer treatments can stop the pain, reduce the risk of infection, and encourage your body’s healing process. At Elite Wound Care, wound care specialist Wayne Rash, DPM, uses ulcer treatments to manage a wide range of open wounds, including venous stasis ulcers, diabetic ulcers, and pressure sores. To make an appointment, call the office in Sacramento, California, or book online today.

What are ulcer treatments?

Ulcer treatments are a group of procedures designed to relieve pain, reduce the risk of infection, and heal open wounds. 

If you have a slow-healing wound (ulcer) on your feet or toes, it’s crucial to seek professional medical help — especially if you have diabetes or another medical condition that affects your circulation or the nerves in your feet. 

Intervention and treatment can prevent potentially serious outcomes, like gangrene or amputation.

Who can benefit from ulcer treatment?

Anyone with slow-healing wounds can benefit from ulcer treatment. However, there are several factors that may increase your risk of foot and toe ulcers and prompt you to seek medical care, including:

  • Poor circulation
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Weight issues
  • Foot conditions, like bunions or hammertoes
  • Kidney disease

You’re also more likely to experience foot and toe ulcers if you use tobacco or drink alcohol excessively.

What types of wounds can benefit from ulcer treatments?

At Elite Wound Care, Dr. Rash treats a wide range of slow-healing wounds, including:

  • Venous stasis ulcers
  • Arterial ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Post-surgical wounds
  • Post-MOHS surgery wounds
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Slow-healing wounds on the feet and legs
  • Atypical ulcers

Dr. Rash also treats slow-healing wounds caused by radiation. 

What happens during an ulcer treatment appointment?

At Elite Wound Care, Dr. Rash provides ulcer treatments on-site. He reviews your medical records and conducts a physical exam, assessing the location, appearance, size, and shape of the wound. Dr. Rash also observes the wound’s borders and the appearance of your surrounding skin.

If observation doesn’t provide enough insight into your wound, Dr. Rash might order X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan — especially if he suspects the infection has spread to the nearby bone.

Are there different types of ulcer treatments?

At Elite Wound Care, Dr. Rash offers a wide range of ulcer treatments. Depending on the size, location, and type of ulcer, he might recommend:

  • Topical wound care
  • Prescription antibiotics
  • Antiplatelet or anti-clotting medication
  • Compression garments
  • Draining
  • Wound debridement
  • Custom orthotics
  • Elevating your foot

If you have an infected ulcer, Dr. Rash might recommend surgery.

How long does it take for ulcer treatments to work?

The time it takes for ulcer treatments to work depends on several factors, including the type of ulcer you have and whether it's infected. Small ulcers usually heal within a few weeks, but larger wounds can take several months or longer*.

To explore the different types of ulcer treatments, make an appointment at Elite Wound Care by calling the office or booking online today.  

*Individual results may vary