Wound Treatment & Protection
Prompt treatment of diabetic foot ulcers can help you avoid serious infections. Our Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists, Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan, discuss wound care and explain how you can prevent ulcers.
Why are sores a cause for concern?
Even the tiniest sore or cut can become infected if you have diabetes. When your blood sugar levels rise, your body can't fight infections as effectively, which means even a minor injury can quickly become a serious medical problem.
What can I do to prevent wounds?
A daily self-examination is a must if you have diabetes. Look for broken blisters, cuts, scrapes, ingrown toenails, calluses and other injuries. It's not always easy to examine every inch of your feet yourself. Ask a family member to help you, or use a small mirror to check hard-to-reach areas.
If you notice a red spot on your foot due to friction from your shoes, swap the shoes for a more comfortable pair, but keep an eye on the spot to make sure it doesn't turn into a blister. Call our Chattanooga office immediately if you notice red streaks on your skin, a bad smell, or a hot or cold sensation in your feet, or if the skin has turned black, blue or white.
Orthotics are helpful in reducing pressure on your feet, a common cause of blisters. The custom-made shoe inserts not only improve the alignment of your feet but also cushion them. Shoe selection is particularly important if you have diabetes. Tight shoes should be avoided, as they're more likely to rub against your feet.
How are wounds treated?
If you notice signs of an infection, your foot doctor will clean and dress the wound and prescribe antibiotics. In some cases, he may recommend a brace, boot or crutches to eliminate pressure on your foot while it heals. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar level is very important if you have a wound. During your treatment, your foot doctor may also consult with your medical doctor to ensure that your condition is well-managed.
Wound care treatment can prevent serious complications due to diabetic foot ulcers. If you're concerned about your feet, call our Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists, Dr. Bizzoco and Dr. Burgan, at (423) 855-0728 to schedule an appointment.