Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Podiatry Wound Clinic.
A wound is a break in the skin. This could be caused through too much pressure, shoes rubbing or from a trauma to the skin.
A wound which doesn’t heal is an ulcer. Anyone can develop a foot ulcer.
The development of foot ulcers in people with Diabetes is serious, especially if they become infected. Foot ulcers are linked to an increased chance of amputation. Diabetic foot ulcers require regular Podiatry treatment and the Podiatrist will agree a treatment plan with you.
Yes, people who do not have Diabetes can still develop a foot ulcer. There are lots of reasons why a wound will not heal, including poor circulation.
If an area of your foot has a break in the skin that is not healing, feels hot, that throbs or is painful, has discharge (oozing) or smells, cover the area with a clean, dry dressing and contact Podiatry to arrange a referral and/or appointment at wound clinic.
We have wound clinics run by Podiatry across Cardiff and Vale hospital sites. Appointments usually last about 30 minutes.
A Podiatrist with a special interest in wound care will assess and treat your foot wound. A treatment plan will be agreed with you, which will include footwear advice.
Yes, you can bring someone along with you to the appointment. However circumstances may change due to COVID, and we will not be able to let additional people into the clinic. If required, we will be happy to speak to family/carers over the phone in this instance.
We can show you and your family how to change your dressing.
Here is a video which shows how to change a simple dressing.
Download ‘Looking After Your Wound’ leaflet by the National Wound Care Strategy.
If you are housebound we can request the District Nurse to come to your house to redress your foot wound. Call 02920 444501. Or if you are able to go out, we can organise your practice nurse to redress your foot wound.
We usually ask you to keep your foot dry while you have a foot wound. You can buy a waterproof cover so you can continue to shower and keep the dressings dry.
We do not endorse any brand, but you can find examples of waterproof protector products by clicking here.