The Importance of Diabetic Wound Care
How can you keep your feet healthy? If you’re diabetic, it takes vigilant care in order to avoid complications such as bone deformities, Diabetic-Foot-Care neuropathy (loss of sensation), and limited circulation. Accordingly, here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Schaumburg, Chicago, Elgin and Huntley, IL, your team of podiatrists prioritizes diabetic wound care, giving patients the best foot care possible!
Why do diabetics get wounds and ulcers?
A diabetic’s feet and ankles are particularly prone to serious ulcerations and wounds that go deep into the skin, underlying muscle, and even bone. This is due to how poorly controlled blood glucose levels impair circulation, cause dry and rough skin, and disorient how the body perceives pressure, friction, and simple contact.
In fact, the American Podiatric Medical Association says that 15 percent of people with diabetes will develop a wound or ulcer on the bottom of their feet. Additionally, almost 25 percent of these wounds lead to amputation—a truly life-shattering event.
What you can do
Take control of your blood sugars. Self-care avoids a variety of complications, including foot ulcers, so you should make regular visits to Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialist where we can examine your feet and look for areas of redness, friction, pressure, ulcerated or infected skin, reduced temperature, impaired sensation, and more.
Additionally, if you do develop an ulcer, your professional team offers the latest in treatment techniques, including wound debridement, antiobiotic therapy, and specially-designed diabetic shoes and boots to both reduce pressure on the ulcer and accelerate healing.
At home, you should practice the following:
- Inspect, wash, and dry your feet daily.
- Wear clean, moisture-wicking socks every day.
- Cut nails straight across (never taper the corners as this leads to ingrown toenails)
- Wear shoes all day, even indoors.
- Wear socks in bed at night.
- Avoid getting your feet extremely chilled or wet.
- Moisturize your feet.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Get exercise as tolerated.
- Never remove corns or calluses at home (call your foot doctor).
- See your podiatrist at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists whenever you have a question or concern about the health of your feet and ankles.
Call one of our offices in Schaumburg, Chicago, Elgin or Huntley, IL, today!
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, we offer a full range of podiatric services for the diabetic patient. Plus, we have five Chicago-area locations for your convenience. Call today to request an appointment.
Elgin: (847) 233-1296
Schaumburg: (847) 558-7550
Huntley: (847) 380-8427
Chicago: (773) 673-9898