Diabetic wounds are a common problem for diabetes sufferers. About 15 percent of diabetes patients suffer foot ulcers. At Sienna Wellness Institute & Sienna Podiatry in Lake Isabella, California, Dr. Holly Spohn-Gross provides high-quality treatment for diabetic wounds, particularly foot care. Prompt treatment for diabetic wounds helps prevent infection and removes dead skin cells. To learn more about diabetic wound and foot care, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Diabetes patients are susceptible to injuries, particularly on the feet, that can lead to infection and possibly amputation if left untreated for too long. It’s critical to treat foot injuries right away if you have diabetes. Even minor injuries can develop into foot ulcers, a common problem for diabetes sufferers.
A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that forms as a result of skin tissue deteriorating, which exposes layers beneath. They are most commonly located on the bottom of your feet, under your big toes, or under the balls of your feet.
Common symptoms of a diabetic wound, such as a foot ulcer, may include:
It’s important to know that diabetic foot wounds can either be marked by chronic pain or they can be completely painless. You should pay careful attention to any and all symptoms.
Diabetic foot ulcers and other diabetic foot pain are usually the result of poorly managed diabetes and commonly caused by:
Perpetually dry skin is also a common complication of diabetes. As a result, your feet may be more vulnerable to cracking. Calluses and bleeding wounds can also occur. If they’re not treated promptly and properly, you may develop foot ulcers or chronic pain.
The best treatment for diabetic wounds is to properly clean and dress them. Dr. Spohn-Gross can help manage and treat diabetic foot wounds like ulcers, bunions, hammertoes, calluses, and ingrown toenails.
She may prescribe antibiotics for infected wounds or as a preventive measure for wounds that could become infected. For foot ulcers in particular, she may recommend “off-loading”, or removing pressure and irritation from the affected foot by wearing special footgear, such as a brace, to help speed up healing.
One of the more effective ways to prevent diabetic wounds is focusing on how to better manage your diabetes. Dr. Spohn-Gross can offer lifestyle modifications that should help bring down high blood sugar levels, a common root cause of diabetic wounds.
Once you detect a diabetic foot wound, it’s essential that you seek medical care immediately. Foot ulcers in diabetic patients require management and treatment to lessen the risk of infection and amputation. Treatment can vastly improve the function of your feet, your overall quality of life, and reduce future health care costs.
If you have a diabetic wound, call the office or schedule an appointment online for expert treatment before your condition worsens.