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How People with Diabetes Can Help Prevent Foot Wounds

Tuesday, 22 June 2021 00:00

Foot wounds are an unfortunate reality for many people with diabetes. Detecting and helping to prevent foot ulcers from occurring—and seeking treatment if they do—is extremely important for anyone with diabetes. Because diabetes can reduce circulation and feeling in the legs and feet, detecting a foot wound can be difficult. That’s why it’s important to examine your feet every day—particularly the bottom of the feet where ulcers can often develop. Early detection of cuts, cracks, sores, blisters or other changes in the skin can help prevent these minor abrasions from devolving into a wound. Foot wound prevention also includes wearing comfortable shoes that fit well, keeping your toenails trimmed straight across and not too short, and wearing compression socks that can help blood flow, and keep feet dry and bacteria-free while reducing pain and swelling. It is also suggested that people with diabetes seek the professional care of a podiatrist who can provide additional prevention measures—and treat any wounds if they do occur.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. Jim Maxka from South Penn Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hanover, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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