Wound Care in Diabetic Feet
Diabetes and feet have a complicated relationship, one that results in many different facets for effective foot care. Perhaps the most important measures to take are those related to wound care. An otherwise healthy person likely doesn’t need to give as much attention to a minor injury or wound, but if you have this disease, even a small scrape or cut could eventually become a very serious medical complication when it is not attended to.
At Central Arkansas Foot Care, your overall health and safety is important to us. This means we take careful measures in every aspect of foot care, especially when it comes to diabetic wounds.
Foot Ulcer Symptoms
Neuropathy is often present as a complication of diabetes. This nerve damage can take away your ability to experience painful sensations. That might sound like a good thing to some people, but it is actually quite concerning. With neuropathy, you cannot rely on pain as an indication that an issue is present.
This inability to experience pain highlights the important of conducing a daily foot check when you live with this disease. This inspection is best performed at night, right before going to bed. When you do it, be sure to inspect both of your feet carefully, including the tops, bottoms, and areas between your toes. If you are unable to see the bottoms of your feet, either enlist the help of a loved one, use a mirror, or take a picture with a smart phone.
While inspecting your feet, pay attention for any signs of infection (drainage, discharge, and foul odor) and inflammation (redness, swelling). Also, stay alert for any abnormal texture, temperature, color, or growth. Anything out of the ordinary should be a warning flag and reason to contact Central Arkansas Foot Care to schedule an appointment.
In addition to your feet, also check your socks. A common indication of a foot ulcer is drainage found on a sock.
Wound Care Treatment
In the event you do sustain a wound, take time right away to properly address it. This means rinsing off the damaged are under running water, which will remove any dirt particles that could cause problems. Do not use soap, hydrogen peroxide, or iodine. These are often used to clean out a wound, but they could cause irritation and should be avoided.
After rinsing with clean water, apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and then cover it with a sterile bandage. Be sure to replace the bandage every day with a new, sterile one. Protect the wound by keeping the area around it clean with the use of mild soap and warm water (taking special care not to let the soap get into the wound itself). When you change the bandage, take a little time to inspect the wound for signs of infection.
Even if an injury only seems minor (like a scrape or cut), schedule the earliest appointment possible with Central Arkansas Foot Care. Remember, it is always better to treat a minor issue than to allow the problem to devolve into a serious medical emergency!
If you discover a foot ulcer at any time, stay off the foot and seek medical care as soon as possible. Treatment needs to be provided at the earliest possible opportunity to reduce the risk of infection and the potential for amputation that could result.
Diabetic Ulcer Prevention
The best solution is simply to reduce the odds of developing an ulcer in the first place. An effective prevention plan begins right here in our office. We will determine if there are any existing issues that could increase your risk of developing a foot ulcer, such as friction from shoes, bony bumps, corns, or fissures. Then we will create a plan to properly address these issues. We will also schedule you for regular appointments to proactively defend against major problems.
One important measure for preventing foot ulcers is to eliminate certain risk factors like smoking, drinking alcohol, high cholesterol, and elevated blood sugar levels. Another key action is to always wear diabetic socks and footwear. If you have any questions as to which are the right ones for you, we can certainly help.
Take some time before putting on your footwear to inspect the insides of your socks and shoes. Doing so will enable you to find any tiny objects that may have fallen inside and could potentially harm you.
Diabetic Foot Care in Hot Springs, AR
If you have any questions about foot care or diabetic wounds, or need treatment for any other foot issue, do not hesitate to contact Central Arkansas Foot Care. Give us a call at (501) 321-4844 to reach our Hot Springs office or (870) 245-3003 to reach our Arkadelphia office, or request an appointment with us online today.