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Diabetic Ulcers and Wound Care

Diabetic foot ulcers are a severe problem for people with diabetes and can lead to serious health issues, such as amputations. To treat diabetic foot ulcers, podiatrists typically use methods like cleaning the wound, using special dressings, taking care of the patient's overall health, and checking blood vessels. There is ongoing research that explores additional treatments to speed up healing and reduce the need for amputations. These extra treatments include things like specific types of dressings, oxygen therapy, and growth factors. More research is needed to confirm their effectiveness. If you suffer from diabetic foot ulcers, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can perform regular foot exams. Treating these types of ulcers as early as possible is essential to an easier healing process.

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 Kenneth Donovan, DPM from Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. 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 Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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