Wound Care Specialist

Tobin C Gallawa, DPM, FACFAS

Board Certified Podiatrist located in Sacramento, CA

For some people, cuts and sores that occur on the feet may not heal due to poor blood circulation, nerve damage, or diabetes. Board-certified podiatrist Tobin C. Gallawa, DPM, FACFAS, specializes in wound care and limb salvage procedures and provides the care you need to heal your wound and prevent more serious health complications. For expert wound care from an experienced foot surgeon, call the practice of Tobin C. Gallawa DPM FACFAS, located in Sacramento, California.

Wound Care Q&A

What is wound care?

Wound care is a specialized area of medicine focused on the treatment of nonhealing wounds and ulcers. Dr. Gallawa is a wound care expert and spent many years after finishing his podiatry residency working at a regional wound care center in Texas. 

He specializes in limb salvage procedures in people with diabetes and vascular problems and has the skills and experience to heal even the most difficult wounds. 

When should I seek medical care for my wound?

You should contact Dr. Gallawa to schedule a wound care consultation if you have a foot wound or ulcer that fails to start healing after two weeks or fails to heal completely in six weeks. You should also seek expert care for any foot wound if you have diabetes, neuropathy, or vascular problems.

Dr. Gallawa specializes in diabetic wound care. Diabetes is a chronic condition that causes higher than normal blood sugar levels. Too much sugar in your blood damages blood vessels and nerve endings. 

If you have diabetes and develop a cut or sore on your foot, you may not feel any pain because of the nerve damage. Additionally, poor blood circulation to the foot impairs wound healing, increasing your risk of developing an infection that can be difficult to treat and may result in amputation. 

What can I expect during a wound care evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come to see Dr. Gallawa for the management of your chronic foot wound. During your exam, he reviews your symptoms, medical history, and medication use. He then examines your foot and may run diagnostic tests to evaluate bone health and blood circulation, as well as confirm or rule out an infection.

After his evaluation, he reviews his findings with you, so you understand your diagnosis and can make the most informed decisions about how best to proceed.

What can I expect during wound care treatment?

Dr. Gallawa develops individualized wound care treatment plans based on the severity of your wound and your health history. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Debridement of unhealthy tissue
  • Padding to alleviate foot pressure
  • Orthotics
  • Antibiotics to treat an infection
  • Nutrition supplements
  • Diet modification

He schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor healing and remove unhealthy tissue as needed. 

Though he is an experienced surgeon, Dr. Gallawa takes a conservative approach to care. However, if needed, he may recommend surgery to assist in wound healing.

Chronic wounds are challenging, no matter the cause. For expert wound care, call the office of Tobin C. Gallawa DPM FACFAS.