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Dressing a Wound

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

Individuals who suffer from diabetes will sometimes develop foot ulcers, which are open sores or lesions that take time to heal. One way that a diabetic might consider managing their ulcers is by properly dressing them. The purpose of this technique is to ultimately reduce symptoms and facilitate healing. Importantly, dressings are not meant to be permanent. A diabetic patient can change these dressings on a regular and frequent basis to inspect the ulcer. There are several different kinds of dressings. For example, one might opt to use non-adhesive dressings, foam and alginate dressings, and hydrogels. However, whichever dressings a diabetic chooses will be largely dependent on their needs and the peculiarities of their ulcers. Contact a podiatrist today for more information.
 

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 Foot & Ankle Institue. 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 St. George, Hurricane, and Cedar City, UT and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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