Wound Care Specialist

Kerry E. Berg, DPM -  - Foot Surgeon

Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates

Kerry E. Berg, DPM

Foot Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Colorado Springs, CO

Because your skin is your body’s natural barrier to harmful outside agents, when you have a wound, it’s important to get it treated right away. As a board-certified podiatrist and certified wound care specialist, Kerry Berg, DPM, of Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates provides thorough wound care services. Schedule your wound care evaluation at this welcoming Colorado Springs, Colorado, practice by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling the office directly.

Wound Care Q & A

What causes foot wounds?

You can develop foot wounds for a wide variety of reasons. Simply stubbing your toe can cut your skin and cause a deep wound, for instance. But some men and women are more susceptible to developing foot wounds than others. Common causes and risk factors for foot wounds include having: 

  • Diabetes and neuropathy
  • Overly dry skin
  • Cracked calluses
  • History of foot wounds
  • Foot deformity
  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Circulation changes
  • Chronic swelling
  • Varicose veins

You also risk suffering from abrasions, lacerations, and cuts on your feet if you don’t wear socks with shoes, or if your shoes don’t fit you properly.

Why should I be concerned about foot wounds?

Your lower extremities — everything below your knees — already has limited blood flow. After all, these are the furthest points from your heart and your circulatory system has to work against the force of gravity. Plus, as you get older, blood flow is affected even more.

These issues mean that tissues can’t get the essential nutrients they need to heal quickly. As a result, your delicate skin tissue stays open, which can allow foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses, and even fungi to enter. Between the foreign invaders and your decreased ability to heal in your feet and ankles, your risk of quickly developing a serious infection dramatically increases.

While all men and women should be concerned about foot wounds, the issue is particularly concerning for diabetics. If you have diabetes, blood flow is limited even further and your ability to heal fast enough is dramatically affected. You can develop a diabetic foot ulcer that’s so severe, it can lead to amputation if left untreated.

How are foot wounds treated?

Dr. Berg has advanced training in comprehensive foot and ankle wound care, so you can feel confident that you’re going to get effective, high-quality care. Foot wound care can include: 

  • Removing dead and damaged skin (debridement)
  • Treating any related wound infection with topical or oral solutions
  • Ensuring your shoes don’t rub against your wound
  • Minimally invasive in-office tissue grafting to promote healing
  • Vascular evaluation to improve blood flow and circulation
  • Edema control

You may also benefit from off-loading, which involves designing orthotic inserts to take pressure off your foot wound. Dr. Berg and the caring team at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates also spend time counseling you on how to properly care for your foot wound at home, so you can experience a full recovery.

Get the foot wound care treatment you need at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates as soon as possible. Book your wound care evaluation online or over the phone.