Wound Care Starts at Home!
Our feet are wounded more often than we realize, and they don’t get the appropriate care. Day after day they are shoved into dirty, sweat-soaked, fungi filled footwear and are the last on the list to be washed. If you suffer from diabetes, your body is already experiencing a healing process that is both delayed and complicated, don’t hinder the process further. Having diabetes decreases blood flow, reduces sensation in your feet, and increases your risk of amputation. Don’t lose a limb to diabetes. Take proper care of your feet.
How Can I Prevent Foot Sores?
An unnoticed foot sore may turn into a threatening ulcer—don’t ignore your feet! Make a daily routine of closely inspecting them for cuts, scrapes, bruises, swelling, blisters, pressure areas, and redness. Don’t forget to check between your toes and pay attention to your toenails.
Wash your feet with mild soaps and warm water daily. Dry thoroughly afterward because moisture between your toes may cause complications. Aside from bathing, always keep your feet warm and dry.
Never walk barefoot. Shoes offer important protection for your feet. Wear comfortable fitting shoes and avoid sandals, heels, and pointed toes. Attention to proper footwear is key, and sock selection is just as important as shoe selection. Don’t wear tight socks that will cut off circulation to your feet.
Smoking and consuming alcohol, as well as being overweight, increase your risk for developing sores and ulcers. Keep your cholesterol and blood glucose levels in check.
How Can I Treat my Wounds?
If despite your best efforts, you’re subjected to foot wounds, there are a few things you should do. Triple antibiotic ointment is a must! Place this cream on your wound immediately and cover it with a light bandage. Be sure to keep pressure off of the affected area and seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Diabetic foot wounds can become complicated by infection rather quickly.
To keep a wound from becoming infected, it is important to monitor your blood sugar levels. Keep the affected area as clean as possible by attending to it daily and using fresh bandages. And again, avoid walking barefoot.
What Will my Doctor Do About my Foot Sore?
Your podiatrist may do multiple things including: check for good blood circulation, clean the wound and check for bacteria, and place your feet in custom orthotics or boots. These simple steps will decrease your likelihood for amputation by 90%.
If this non-surgical treatment fails, your doctor may introduce surgical options. In order to remove pressure on the affected area, shaving or excision of the bone may be necessary. The healing process largely depends on wound size and location. Depending on your case, healing may occur within a few weeks or over several months.
If you come across a wound during your self-examination, no matter how small, seek podiatric medical care immediately. Early treatment is best. To help you back on your feet, the podiatrists of Aadvanced Foot Care Associates are here to help! Appointments can be made by contacting one of our three locations or by visiting our appointments page.