Wound Care FAQs
When you’re living with heel or foot pain, you don’t want to wait for answers. Get help fast by looking through this list of frequently asked questions with answers from our Plano podiatrist.
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Why is diabetic wound care so important?
Diabetic wound care is essential because individuals who live with this disease are more vulnerable to serious foot complications than others. Diabetes can damage the nerves in your feet and reduce blood flow in the area. Additionally, the disease compromises your immune system and diminishes your body’s ability to protect itself. Without proper wound care for diabetes, a complication could escalate to the point that amputation becomes necessary.
For your first step, try checking your feet daily for any cuts or bruises, washing them carefully to prevent infection, and coming into Richardson Podiatry Associates as soon as you notice anything out of the ordinary. Seeking early medical attention for instances of wounds on diabetic feet is vital for reducing the risk of amputation.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with diabetes, come in and see us to make your plan for daily foot care so you can avoid any serious complications due to this disease. Our office is conveniently located in Richardson, TX, and Dr. Gene Reister is a leading expert who will work with you to establish preventative measures for your health. Call us at (972) 690-5374 or schedule an appointment online today.
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Why Do Diabetics Ulcers Heal so Slowly?
Diabetes is a condition that requires diligent effort to keep blood glucose levels under control. When this fails to happen, your health can suffer. Two common conditions associated with the disease are neuropathy and poor circulation. It is the combination of these two factors that can make diabetic ulcers heal slowly, yet progress quickly.
Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can make it difficult for you to feel pain on the bottom of your foot, so you are at risk for continuing to walk on an open sore. This can cause a minor cut or scrape to turn into a non-healing ulcer, or an existing ulcer to worsen. In addition, when sugar levels remain high, blood vessels can become damaged and narrow, resulting in poor circulation. This means that important oxygen and nutrients do not get to a wound quickly, slowing the healing process.
If you have a wound in need of treatment, seek help immediately. The consequences could be serious and involve possible amputation. Contact Dr. Gene Reister at Richardson Podiatry Associates for expert diabetic foot care. Call our office in Richardson, TX at (972) 690-5374.
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