Diabetic Wound Care Clinic in Montclare, IL
Are you unsure of how to take care of or manage your diabetic wound? Come to Advanced Foot and Ankle, where our trained staff can help develop a treatment plan that is right for you. For more information call today or schedule an appointment online with one of our professionals.
Wounds are a common injury experienced by everyone at some point in their life. People with diabetes are particularly vulnerable to wounds, so it is especially important to be conscientious of these inflictions. Thankfully, Advanced Foot and Ankle specializes in treating diabetic wounds, so you can rest assured you’re in good hands!
How do you treat a diabetic wound?
To ensure diabetic patients have a normal and active healthy lifestyle, the prevention of diabetic wounds is critical. It is important to remember that diabetic wounds can be disabling and life-threatening in some cases. Prevention should begin with:
- Controlling diabetes by following your doctor’s recommendations for treatment and lifestyle modifications that include a healthy diet, regular exercise, cessation of smoking, and regular monitoring of blood glucose levels
- Daily inspection and cleaning of your extremities as they are more prone to ulcers and injuries
- Carefully trimming the nails with a safe nail trimmer (refer to an expert if the patient requires extra care or if there are skin lesions
- Always wear dry, clean socks to help protect your feet, and never walk barefoot (avoid tight socks that may reduce the blood circulation to the feet)
Since medical treatment for diabetic wounds provides limited help, prevention really is the best treatment. If a wound occurs, treatment can include:
- Keeping all wounds clean and properly dressed
- Antibiotics for infected wounds
- Surgical debridement (removal of infected or dead tissue)
- Referral to a podiatrist or a wound care center (for patients with calluses, corns, hammertoes, bunions, toenail problems, or chronic non-healing ulcers)
- Limb amputation (to save as much of a limb as possible when there is a serious infection)
How can a diabetic wound heal faster?
With any diabetic ulcer, the main goals are to prevent or eliminate any infections and heal the wound as quickly as possible. The faster you eliminate the ulcer the less likely complications will emerge.
Basic protocols typically involve the following components:
- Cleaning the wound of any dead skin, foreign debris, or other obstructions
- Applying any medicines or dressings necessary
- Bandaging the wound to protect it
- Offloading the wound (crutches, wheelchair, etc.) so that you don’t put any weight on it
- During the healing process, you may have to change your bandages periodically. We’ll either perform this for you at our office or make sure you and/or your care provider have been properly instructed on when and how to change your dressings.
When should I see a doctor for my diabetic wound?
There are several ways that diabetic wounds can manifest in a diabetic patient, so take the time to understand the symptoms. Ask an experienced professional about particular symptoms and how to improve foot health.
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetic patients should visit the foot doctor once a year for a full foot examination. In addition to this annual appointment, patients should regularly inspect feet for cuts, blisters and sores that can quickly lead to infections. The wounds of diabetic patients often heal at slower rates than healthy patients, so a small wound could lead to larger complications. If a patient experiences dizziness, digestion problems or weakness and pain in the hands, then it is a good idea to visit a doctor.
Diabetes, unfortunately, comes with a wide variety of painful and potentially harmful symptoms. Patients who visit a foot doctor or podiatrist at least once a year can gain a better understanding of foot health and reduce chances of developing diabetic wounds
If you or someone you know is suffering from a diabetic wound, come to Advanced Foot and Ankle today! We have specialists who can help you treat your wound, so you’ll be back to good health sooner than you realize! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!