How to Care for a Foot Wound if You Have Diabetes
Foot problems can affect your entire life, especially if you have other conditions that can complicate the matter. Diabetes can affect how quickly your foot heals from a wound. If you are diabetic, you need to get specialized diabetic foot care in McKinney from Premier Foot & Ankle.
One of the problems diabetics have is reduced circulation to their feet. This can make healing of wounds in the area take longer. Injuries may be less likely to noticed, preventing prompt bacteria-fighting treatment. This makes these foot wounds more prone to developing an infection. You should make it a habit to check your feet nightly for signs of ulcers or injuries.
Another factor in diabetic foot care is controlling your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar can cause ulcers on the bottom of your feet, and these need to be treated to prevent them from becoming infected. Up to 15 percent of diabetics get ulcers, and of those, according to the California Podiatric Medical Association, up to 24 percent may require an amputation if the ulcer becomes severely infected. That is why regular inspections of your feet are so important.
If you do notice you have an ulcer or injury on your foot, there are some things you can do to help it while waiting for your podiatrist appointment. Gently clean the area and place a bandage over it to prevent it from getting dirty. Stay off your injured foot until you can get to see a podiatrist. A podiatrist will look for signs of an infection and treat you accordingly. Not all injuries or ulcers will be infected, but taking care of them and preventing an infection could save your foot.
If you have a wound on your foot and are diabetic, let our podiatrists help care for your wound. To set an appointment with us, call Premier Foot & Ankle in McKinney at 214-778-1239.