Diabetic Wound Care
Diabetes affects the whole body in a variety of ways, and it can cause some serious complications for your feet. One of the most common complications is a diabetic wound, or a skin ulcer. These open wounds have a high risk for serious infections and don’t heal on their own. You need immediate and invested diabetic wound care to treat the problem. Without it, you risk complications that could cost you your foot altogether.
How Wounds Form
Wounds develop when your skin breaks down under pressure. Usually they start as a small blister or other crack or split in your skin. Usually you don’t feel or notice the tiny damage because diabetes impairs your nerves. As a result, you continue walking on that little sore—and the pressure breaks it down. Your weakened circulation and compromised immune system aren’t able to heal the damage, allowing a small sore to deteriorate into a serious ulcer.
This wound has a high risk of infection, too. Because your immune system can’t fight back effectively, even a minor infection could potentially turn deadly. The damage can kill the tissues around the wound, as well, leading to gangrene. Without emergency diabetic wound care, the problem will only get worse and even threaten your life—which could lead to dramatic emergency treatments like toe or foot amputation.
Treating a Foot Ulcer Effectively
With such high stakes, it’s incredibly important to get high-quality diabetic wound care treatment as soon as you notice the sore. Our specialists at Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma will carefully examine your lower limbs. This allows our team to determine how serious the ulcer already is, and whether or not it’s infected. From there we can determine your best course of treatment.
First, of course, the wound will have to be cleaned. Any dead tissue around the sore will need to be carefully removed so the healthy areas stay intact. Your foot will receive medication for infections as well. The sore will then be carefully bandaged to keep it covered. You’ll need to wear a boot or cast and avoid walking while you heal. This will protect your foot from pressure that could prevent the ulcer from recovering.
Preventing Diabetic Wounds in the Future
Once the diabetic wound has fully healed, you’ll continue to care for it by working to prevent one from recurring in the future. Wearing protective, supportive footwear will be the biggest part of this. You’ll need to stick to shoes that help stabilize your lower limbs and protect them from pressure. You might need prescription orthotics to help with this so you can better absorb shock. Daily foot inspections will be key to keep an eye out for any changes that could deteriorate into an ulcer. You may need to make other changes in your life to better control high or fluctuating blood sugar levels as well.
Diabetic foot wounds are serious injuries that could have life or limb-threatening consequences for you. However, with active foot care, you can eliminate the injury and even work to prevent the problem from reoccurring. Let our specialists at Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma help you live a full, healthy life with diabetes by giving your feet the care they need. You can reach our office in Oklahoma City for more information or a consultation today by calling (405) 418-2676 or by using our online request forms.
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