November is National Diabetes Month
Take the Right Steps to Care For Your Feet
For people with diabetes, there’s no such thing as a minor wound to the foot. Even a small foot sore can get worse and lead to serious complications.
Foot problems most often happen when there is nerve damage, also called neuropathy, which results in loss of feeling in your feet. Poor blood flow or changes in the shape of your feet or toes may also cause problems.
The good news is, most complications can easily be prevented with good foot care and specialized wound treatment. “You can't always prevent an ulcer, but you can almost always prevent an amputation,” says James L. Hagan, MD, Medical Director of the Wound Healing Institute of Carolina at Aiken Regional. “Diabetic foot wounds can develop complications very quickly,” he says. “The earlier you see your doctor, the better.”
We offer specialized care to help manage diabetes.
At the Wound Healing Institute of Carolina, we specialize in treating chronic sores and wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation or other conditions. We offer advanced comprehensive wound care therapies, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. To learn more, call the Institute directly at 803-643-2090.
The Diabetes and Nutrition Teaching Center offers adult and pediatric patients education in diabetes self-management, nutrition and weight management. To learn more, call the Center at 803-293-0023.
These tips can help you avoid serious problems:
- Tell your doctor right away about any foot wounds or infections. Often, a worsening situation can be avoided by offloading (relieving pressure on the affected part of the foot), improving blood circulation and starting antibiotic therapy.
- Wearing custom therapeutic footwear is essential. Specially designed footwear can slow the progression of the changes in the shape of the foot, as well as relieve pressure on areas that tend to ulcerate.
- Check your feet every day. Inspect your feet daily for red spots, cuts, swelling and blisters. Wash your feet every day and dry them carefully, especially between the toes.
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