Patients with diabetes can often develop serious foot wounds that need advanced care. Diabetes can cause neuropathy, a weakened immune system, and clogged arteries. All three of these can lead to sores on the feet that you might not feel right away and can become infected and turn into a foot ulcer quickly. If you have diabetes, daily monitoring of your feet is necessary. A small sore can turn into an ulcer that needs advanced wound care therapy.
Advanced wound care therapy includes keeping wounds clean and dressed properly, using antibiotics to treat infection, and being diligent with steps for prevention. If you are concerned about caring for wounds on your feet, call us at 561-793-6170 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced podiatrists in West Palm Beach or throughout South Florida.
What Is Advanced Wound Care Therapy?
Prevention of foot sores is the first step of wound care therapy. Talk to your foot doctor about the steps to take to prevent sores on your feet. If sores do develop, you should make sure to keep them clean and see your doctor immediately. You should also see a podiatrist to get treatment for any foot disorders that might cause calluses, corns, hammertoes, or other foot conditions. If a sore does develop, diabetic wound care should be immediately administered by your foot doctor. The wound should be dressed properly and kept clean at all times. Antibiotics should be taken to prevent the spread of infection.
How Does Advanced Wound Care Therapy Work?
Keeping a wound clean and dressed is the best way to promote healing. Vigilant care is needed to prevent a wound from getting out of control. The idea here is to prevent a wound from getting severe enough that amputation could be necessary. Antibiotics can help ensure that an infection does not spread.
What Conditions Are Treated?
Patients with diabetes are at risk for developing severe foot wounds. Side effects of diabetes include neuropathy, a compromised immune system, and narrowed arteries. All three of these side effects can cause complications with wounds that will require advanced wound care therapy.