Texas Rangers – A model for wound care

The Texas Rangers face the San Francisco Giants in Game 5 of the World Series tonight. Trailing the series 3 games to 1, a win at Rangers Park is the only thing to keep hope alive. This team has won some tough games throughout the season to arrive at this point. They have had a rough time with the Giants for several of the first 4 games, but they're not about to let that history play on their future. Every member of that team is going out to win tonight and bring that trophy back to Texas. Doing so will make them only the 6th team in history to make such a comeback.

We want to use all that excitement and determination to explore a facet of foot health. Wound care, especially combined with diabetes, can be a difficult challenge. For our younger audience, wound care more than likely consists of a bandage and maybe a little Neosporin. This paradigm becomes a little more complicated when age and disease, like diabetes, are added in. Wounds that occur in the diabetic foot can require a large dose of determination to go along with the proper care. While there are many different doctors who will help to get you well, the care of a podiatrist is of utmost importance when dealing with problems in the feet. Some of the components that go into healing foot ulcers may be overlooked by other physicians. One such component may be what is causing the wound. Typically, footwear and foot structure can cause unfavorable pressure points which eventually lead to ulceration. A podiatric physician will off-load these pressure points with a special boot or shoe. Doing so, allows the wound to heal by eliminating further insult. Along with this assessment, a podiatrist may take a swab of the wound to assess for possible infection. Flushing, debridement, gels, grafts, or other modalities may all be used individually or together to promote healing. What methods are utilized is all dependent on the type of wound you have. As the patient, you need the determination to follow your doctor's instructions for the weeks or months it may take to get you better. Just a reminder, but anyone living with diabetes should examine their feet every night and seek treatment at the first sign of a problem. If you have diabetes and a foot wound that won't heal, make an appointment at AFAS today!

Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy, Austin! Go Rangers!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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