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Can I shower with a foot ulcer?

Questions about at-home foot ulcer care and showering with your wound are best handled by your podiatrist, doctor, or nurse. There are many ways to treat foot ulcers and each doctor may have different methods.

However, there’s one basic rule to remember: Your dressing and the skin surrounding the wound should always be dry. Getting your bandage wet in the shower wouldn’t be the best idea—it may soften the healthy tissues and cause the ulcer to spread.  

The wound should be cleansed daily, though, so your doctor may give you or your family members some home care ulcer-cleansing methods before you leave the hospital. Make sure you ask for their recommendations on how often you should change dressings.

We’re experts in neuropathy care and would love to answer some of these questions for you, too. Call the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group at (916) 961-3434 to make an appointment with Dr. Brian McDowell and Dr. Tracy L. Basso and get your life back to normal!

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.