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How Is a Diabetic Foot Wound Treated?

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot ulcers require prompt and comprehensive treatment to prevent complications. The first step involves cleaning the wound thoroughly to remove dead tissue and reduce infection risk. Keeping the ulcer dry and covered with a sterile dressing helps protect it from further damage. Pressure offloading, achieved by using specialized footwear or orthotic devices, is essential to reduce stress on the affected area and promote healing. Antibiotics may be prescribed if there is an infection, and ensuring the ulcer is healing properly allows for timely intervention if complications arise. Managing blood sugar levels effectively is vital, as high glucose levels can impede the healing process. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition, and effectively treat foot ulcers.

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. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth Podiatry. 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 Lake Worth, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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