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Proper Wound Care for Diabetic Patients

Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00

Treating wounds on the feet correctly is essential in maintaining proper foot health. Many diabetic patients with foot wounds may not be aware of them due to having neuropathy. This is defined as having damaged nerve endings from elevated blood sugar levels and it can be difficult to feel existing cuts, scrapes, or bruises on the feet. A simple wound may turn into a foot ulcer which can gradually lead to gangrene or amputation if prompt medical treatment is not received. It is suggested that diabetic patients check their feet daily for any abnormalities that may have developed, and this can be done by using a mirror or by having a family member check the soles of the feet. An existing wound is best treated by gently cleaning it with warm water, followed by covering it with a sterile bandage or dressing. If you have diabetes and develop wounds on the feet, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

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 one of our podiatrists from Riznyk Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Orchard Park, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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