Watch Out for Wounds!
Part of living with diabetes is always being vigilant about preventing and treating wounds and ulcers on your feet. Leaving open wounds and ulcers untreated is like leaving a door in your body open for infection. Infections can lead to much more severe consequences such as a complete amputation of the foot. So even though it may seem time-consuming to always be on the lookout for ulcers, the reward is far greater. Let’s talk a little bit about how to prevent ulcers and how to treat them if you do get one.
Wound Prevention Tips
As with all foot conditions, prevention is the greatest cure of all. When you receive a diabetes diagnosis, you’ll have to start taking the proper precautions to prevent wounds and ulcers immediately.
Prevent wounds by:
Always wearing properly-fitting shoes – any excessive friction caused by tight shoes can open a wound on the bottom of your foot. Always wear your orthotics if you’ve been prescribed them.
Maximizing blood circulation – elevated glucose levels can limit your blood circulation, which puts you at greater risk for developing an ulcer.
Checking shoes for sharp objects – if you’ve developed neuropathy as a result of your diabetes, you may also lose the ability to feel wound-causing objects with your feet.
At-Home Care for Wounds
Unfortunately, even if you follow all of the tips above, you may still end up with an ulcer or wound. If you develop an open wound on your foot, the first thing you should do is consult your podiatrist. After he or she has properly cared for it, it will be your responsibility to keep in clean and healthy to ensure proper healing. Take care of your wound by:
Always clean your ulcer and gently dry it
Wear your bandages at all times and change them daily
Avoid walking around barefoot
Limit weight put on the ulcer by walking with crutches or a cane
As you know, living with diabetes is very manageable as long as you take the proper precautions. Ulcers and foot wounds are serious and require immediate medical attention. If you have a wound or are interested in a diabetic foot evaluation, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas, DPM, is ready to work with you today. Make an appointment online or call (718) 266-1986 to make an appointment at Bay Podiatry Associates in Brooklyn, New York today.