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The Dangers of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Monday, 10 August 2020 00:00

Do you have diabetes? If so, you are not alone. An estimated 422 million people worldwide are afflicted with this condition. But did you know that diabetes can have serious implications for your foot health? Each year in the United States, between two and six million people develop a diabetic foot ulcer. Diabetic foot ulcers are open sores or wounds on the feet which do not heal properly and which can lead to serious complications, including infections and amputations. To make the situation even more dangerous, many diabetics also develop peripheral neuropathy, a condition that causes impaired sensation in the feet. This makes it harder to detect potentially serious cuts, scrapes, sores, and wounds on the feet. If you have diabetes and notice any sores or open wounds on your feet, it is strongly recommended that you visit a podiatrist for treatment.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM from Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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