Assessment of Foot Wounds in Diabetics

Assessment of Foot Wounds in Diabetics

January 23, 2024

The importance of addressing diabetic foot complications cannot be overemphasized. These issues are widespread and intricate, underscoring the need for proactive assessments by podiatrists. It is vital for all diabetic patients to undergo periodic foot evaluations to identify potential factors that may lead to ulcers or amputations, such as neuropathy, vascular problems, and deformities. Depending on their risk level, patients with abnormalities may require more frequent foot assessments. By implementing systematic examinations, risk assessments, patient education, and timely referrals, the prevalence of lower extremity complications can be reduced. If you are diabetic, it is strongly suggested that you schedule appointments with a podiatrist for ongoing evaluations of your feet. This proactive approach is essential to enhance your overall well-being and quality of life.

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 one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. 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 one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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