Diabetic Wound Care Clinic in Elgin, IL
For diabetic wounds, professional care is available here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. We’re your local diabetic wound care clinic in Elgin. You can rely on us when you need care, not just in the short term, but also in the long term. Connect with us today to learn more about us and how much we can help you at our clinic.
When should I see a wound care specialist?
If you have diabetes, then you already know that your body struggles to produce or use insulin, and that insulin allows the body to turn glucose into energy. Your body can have high blood sugar levels, which can affect the body’s ability to heal wounds, and as a result, wounds may heal more slowly or even worsen quickly. Also, the conditions associated with diabetes, like neuropathy, immune system deficiency, poor circulation, and infection, can affect healing too. Sometimes a seemingly minor wound on the foot can become a foot ulcer which can become very serious and even necessitate lower limb amputation.
Professional treatment of these foot ulcers and wounds is important. You should call a diabetic wound care clinic about wound treatment, wound care, and long-term diabetes management.
How do you treat a diabetic wound?
First of all, it’s important to do regular self-checks to help you catch wounds early before they become more complicated or infected. Wounds on the feet can become very serious for a diabetic. Self-checking means checking your feet, including in between and under your toes since these are common places for wounds.
If you have a diabetic wound, so long as it’s minor, you can help yourself a bit by washing the area with soap and water regularly, then drying it well and applying an antibiotic ointment to keep the wound clean. Dressing the wound and keeping your dressings clean and fresh are important, and so is keeping pressure off of the area. You’ll want to speak with a clinic like ours or a professional about removing dead tissue from the wound, if applicable. In general, you’ll want to speak with a clinic like ours or a professional about treating a diabetic wound, as the wound could become serious.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, we’re able to help monitor wounds and treat them. In some cases, special footgear or crutches will help to take pressure off a foot wound so it can heal better. Proper dressing and sometimes prescription topical medication will help as well. Additionally, our clinic can make sure your body is circulating blood efficiently to help you heal quickly, and we can help you control your blood pressure too.
How can a diabetic wound heal faster?
Eating healthily will help you keep your blood sugar levels stable and can even help you heal more quickly when a wound occurs. You can ask your doctor or one of our professionals here at our clinic about a healthy diet for you. Also, ask about staying active. Exercise helps to improve insulin sensitivity and even healing. On top of all that, it’s important not to smoke as a diabetic.
To help a wound heal faster, wash the area, apply an antibiotic, dress the wound, avoid pressure on the area, and seek professional care. Professional treatments like special footgear or medication will help you. If the wound or your symptoms worsen, or if there are any signs of infection (like drainage), professional care is necessary. If a wound could be serious and life-threatening, you must call 911.
Since diabetic wound care is so very important, you should get professional assistance with it and talk to a professional about a long-term plan for wound care. Call us at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin. You can reach us at (847) 233-1296, and we’re located over at 1750 N Randall Rd #160 Elgin, IL 60123. You’re also welcome to book a consultation or appointment with us online.