Saving Feet From Wounds

Saving Feet From Wounds

How to Care for Foot Wounds"Hang on! Help is on the way!" Splash! You may be the captain of your own ship (and lower limbs), but we're tossing a life preserver in your direction, just in case. Don't let painful sores on your feet drag you down. Instead, sink your teeth into this helpful advice for treating ulcers.

Diabetic foot ulcers are open sores or wounds that occur in approximately 15% of individuals with diabetes. Of those who develop a foot ulcer, 6% will be hospitalized due to complications and infection. Don't let it happen to you.

If you have an ulcer, keep the pressure off your feet. Try to limit your movement and take as few steps as possible. If you must walk, be sure to wear shoes made out of leather or suede instead of those made out of plastic or hard rubber. They should be easily adjustable, containing laces, Velcro, or buckles. Avoid pointy-toed shoes, and remember to keep your feet dry.

It is important to keep your blood sugar levels under close observation and control to promote healthy tissue. When it comes to directly caring for the wound, the area should be cleansed daily, and a dressing or bandage applied. If you need help with this, contact the experts at Delaware’s Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. Our office offers other ways to treat the wound, including debridement.

If you've noticed drainage, increased warmth and redness, odor, severe swelling, or have developed a fever or chills, contact us right away! Call Dr. Raymond A DiPretoro Jr. at (302) 355-0056, or visit an Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. near you. We’re located in Newark, Glasgow, and Wilmington DE. You can also keep in touch through Twitter, Facebook or our website.

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