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Proper Wound Care Begins With Clean Hands

Tuesday, 28 February 2023 00:00

A wound can happen from a surgical cut that is made through the skin, or it can happen for other reasons. Proper wound care starts with washing and drying the hands, followed by gently cleaning the wound. This can be done by using a saline solution or soapy water. It is crucial to remove any dried blood that has accumulated, which can aid in the healing process. When applying the dressing, it is important to cover the entire wound, in addition to changing it daily. If the wound is on the foot, it generally needs prompt medical attention. Diabetic patients can easily have wounds on their feet as a result of neuropathy, which is the inability to feel cuts or scrapes. Wounds can form from existing cuts in people who are diabetic, which can possibly prompt critical health hazards to develop. If you have a wound on your foot, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can accelerate the healing process with proper treatment.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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