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!