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Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

A foot ulcer is defined as any break in the skin. It is the most common type of diabetic foot wound and can lead to loss of functioning and severe complications. These foot wounds often result from factors such as poor blood sugar control, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and abnormal foot mechanics due to deformities. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a side effect of diabetes, can also lead to a loss of protective sensation in the feet, making early injury detection challenging. The assessment of the diabetic foot involves a comprehensive foot and body examination. This can consist of assessing risk factors, undergoing a dermatologic and musculoskeletal evaluation, and having neurologic tests that can determine the degree of sensation. Treatment of diabetic foot ulcers includes debridement, wound culturing, and wound dressings. Additionally, it is important to monitor glycemic control and infection control. Their prevention and management are essential to improve the patient’s quality of life. If you have diabetes and have developed a foot wound or any other foot condition, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can evaluate your situation, and receive the appropriate treatment.

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. John L. Coleman from Florida. 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 Macclenny, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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