Diabetic Wound Care
Something small can turn into a big problem.
If you are living with diabetes, there are few situations where the above advice can become more personal than when you develop a wound on your foot. A small nick or spot of irritation can normally go unnoticed without causing problems, but this is not the case for some patients.
The effects of diabetes can significantly reduce the healing abilities in the feet by reducing the body’s ability to circulate blood to the area. Combine this with a lack of sensation that can develop in the foot, and it’s a dangerous recipe.
If an injury goes unnoticed, it may not heal properly. In fact, it can begin to grow wider and deeper as someone continues to bear weight on the foot without realizing the damage being caused. What once started small can gradually become a diabetic foot ulcer, and that can have dire consequences.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, about 6 percent of patients who develop a foot ulcer will need to be hospitalize due to infection. When it comes to diabetes-related amputations of the lower limb, about 85 percent of cases had developed a foot ulcer.
When it comes to injury detection and wound care, there is no messing around.
Early Detection is Essential
The best foot care is that which prevents an ulcer from forming in the first place, and that begins with you!
Everyone who has diabetes should make a daily habit of checking their feet for cuts, scrapes, discolorations, and anything else out of the ordinary. Even if you feel you have perfectly fine healing and sense of touch right now, the effects may sneak up on you.
If you spot something that doesn’t improve in a few days (or just looks bad right from the start), call us right away. Taking the right measures to clean and treat a wound now can prevent much worse complications later.
Wound Treatment at Texas Foot and Ankle Center
The first step of proper wound care is coming in to see us! We examine all foot injuries and wounds in our office first to determine the overall scope and severity of the problem.
Many wounds can be treated effectively in-office. However, for those that are more severe, we conduct care from the wound clinic that is 5 miles from our location. This ensures we have all the tools and measures we need to treat serious wounds most effectively.
Treatment seeks to bring healing as quickly as possible. The faster a wound heals, the less chance it has to become infected.
General wound care measures include:
- Removing dead skin tissue (aka debridement).
- Applying medication or dressings to the wound.
- Taking pressure off the area of the wound (aka off-loading).
Off-loading might require the use of a special shoe or the use of crutches. In some cases, we may also recommend more advanced treatments for wound care, and will discuss all options with you.
Wound care also doesn’t tend to be a “one and done” treatment. We will monitor the progress of your healing through regularly scheduled appointments.
If you have a diabetic wound in need of treatment, don’t delay! It doesn’t matter how small or innocent it may look now; call us right away at (214) 660-0777! The sooner you receive treatment, the less you will have to worry about.
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