A small problem, when left unattended, has the potential to turn into something dire. This is true for life in general, but can be particularly devastating in the case of a diabetic wound.
Even a small nick to the foot can turn into a serious ulcer, thanks to several factors that can work against a diabetic patient. Quickly discovering wounds of any size and giving them the prompt and thorough care they need is essential to preventing major complications.
Diabetic Wound Care
The first step of a good diabetic wound care program is identifying potential problems before they ever have a chance to become serious!
This begins at home, with a daily diabetic foot inspection. Every day, look and even feel along your feet for signs of abnormalities. These can include small cuts, sores, ingrown toenails, discolorations, places that feel extra warm to the touch—anything out of the ordinary.
If something is found, the best practice is to give us a call and let us know about it. We can then decide whether it’s best to keep an eye on the spot for the next few days or come in for a closer examination.
When a wound needs treatment, our priorities lie in properly cleaning debris and dead tissue from the area (debridement), preventing/controlling infection, and encouraging healing.
Once debridement and bandaging have been performed, different methods might be employed to encourage the healing process. These might involve taking pressure off the injured area through the use of a cast, brace, or custom orthotics. It might also involve laser therapy to encourage blood flow and cell repair.