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Why Diabetic Foot Ulcers Are Problematic

Monday, 24 May 2021 00:00

Millions of Americans suffer every day with complications due to diabetes such as poor circulation, nerve damage, chronic wounds and foot ulcers. Preventing and properly treating foot ulcers and wounds is vital to the health of the diabetic patient, and will help avoid the rare occurrence of lower-extremity amputation due to diabetic complications. However, nerve damage prevents many patients from detecting a diabetic ulcer as they commonly occur on the bottom of the feet, and poor circulation reduces the body’s ability to heal them. Along with trying to manage their condition through diet, exercise, and monitoring blood sugar levels, diabetics should examine their feet daily. If they spot a wound, they should wash it, apply antibiotic ointment and cover it immediately to prevent bacteria from developing. They should also place themselves under the professional care of a podiatrist who will help manage the ulcer through a variety of non-invasive methods, and surgical intervention (if necessary).

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 Port Richmond Family Footcare. 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 one of our offices located in Lumberton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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