Canadian Medical Alliance for the Preservation of the Lower Extremity
This is the portal to the pages for medical information about foot ulcerations.
If you're new to wounds, we'd suggest you start with a visit our page on Basic Information About Wounds. We discuss definitions of the words we use on this website, and we offer a brief discussion on the types of wounds, along with links to discuss the various types of wounds in more detail.
Our page on Neuropathy discusses the types of neuropathy, its causes, and why its associated with the development of ulcerations.
Besides neuropathy, the other component to wound formation is biomechanics. The combination of weight and shear exerts the force that creates the ulcer. Biomechanical foot function plays a huge role in this, but it is not studied to a great deal by most health care providers. On this page we'll discuss some basic concepts on the biomechanics of ulcer formation. This might explain why you get the ulcer, and where you get it.
Diabetes is such a common cause of foot ulcers, we will have a page on that. (This page is under construction, and not yet complete.)
And nothing heals without blood flow, so we will have a page on vascular disease. (This page is under construction and not yet complete.)
Charcot neuroarthropathy, a fairly uncommon condition, but it can be a devastating condition when missed and treatment is delayed. So we have a page on that as well.
Visit our page on Demographics and Incidence of Wounds, which provides some statistical information on the impact of wounds. (This page is under construction and not yet complete.)
Visit the page Treatment Of Wounds to learn basics about proper wound management. We've divided this topic into several pages--an overview of the treatment of wounds, debridement, offloading, dressings, infections, and specialized treatments.
We have assembled some case reports and gallery of photographs of foot ulcerations to educate patients and physicians as to where ulcerations commonly develop and how they present. There are quite a few case stories so you can see how a variety of patients progress, worsen or heal. Many of the potos in this section are quite graphic, but it is important people see what can develop with wounds. (It's not complete yet.)
Not everyone has access to the various types of medical practitioners specializing in wound care, so we’ve created a page on the many professions that may become involved with a patient's wound care. We tell you a little about each profession and provide interviews with individuals with medical expertise in this field. They’ll explain what they do, what they want you most to know, and when you should seeing them, including the fields below. (It's not complete yet.)
After going over so much of how wounds form and how to treat them, how can you avoid their recurrence--or avoid them in the first place? Click Prevention of Wounds to learn how to avoid ulcerations.
This page written by Dr. S A Schumacher
Surrey, British Columbia