Wound Care for Diabetic Ulcers
When it comes to your feet, even small cuts, blisters, or nicks from clippers can ulcerate and become difficult to treat if you have diabetes. That's why Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan, podiatrists at Associates in Foot and Ankle in Chattanooga, Tennessee, believe in educating their patients about the importance of wound care and how to prevent foot wounds from emerging. These issues are discussed in this article.
Why is wound care so important?
Quick and efficient management of wounds, particularly on the legs and feet, is essential for people with diabetes. This is due to the lack of normal circulation to the extremities, which slows healing and leaves the wound open to infection. Nerve damage, known as neuropathy, is also common in people with diabetes. This results in a reduction in pain signals, which further complicates the healing process and can lead to extensive infections that are difficult to treat and may require amputation in some cases. As you'll learn from your Chattanooga podiatrist in the next section, wound care isn't just about treating existing wounds; it's often focused on the prevention of injuries.
How can I prevent foot wounds?
One of the most effective ways to prevent emergent foot wounds is by wearing closed-toe shoes at all times. This includes inside your home; your Chattanooga podiatrist can make suggestions about the best brands and styles of house shoes for you. It's also important to make sure you wear shoes and socks that are clean and fit well. Washing your feet daily with a mild soap and warm water is also beneficial; it's during that time that you can look and feel for any developing problems on the tops, sides, and bottoms of your feet. A mirror can help you check the places you can't easily see.
What is the treatment for foot wounds?
If you notice even a minor foot injury, or any swelling or pain develops, it's important to contact Associates in Foot and Ankle Care immediately for guidance and possibly an appointment with your Chattanooga podiatrist. Medications may be prescribed and dressings may be applied; you may also need to wear certain types of footwear to take pressure off the foot and promote healing. It's also essential to work alongside other medical professionals to make sure your diet, your glucose levels, and other aspects of your diabetes are managed as well.
If you're a diabetic person in the Chattanooga area and need to establish yourself with a podiatrist, contact Associates in Foot and Ankle Care to make an appointment with Dr. Bizzoco or Dr. Burgan today. We can be reached at (423) 855-0728.