Diabetic Foot & Wound

 


 
If you have diabetes, there's no such thing as a minor wound to the foot, even a small foot sore can turn into an ulcer that, if not properly treated, can lead to amputation. The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for those who don't have the disease.

At East Village Foot & Ankle Surgeons we want you to live well with type 2 diabetes. In doing so, you need to learn ways to take care of your diabetes every day. This is some information on safe and effective remedies for diabetes care at home. These remedies allow you to manage your diabetes just like you manage other parts of your life such as your work, household chores, and family budget. In taking the appropriate steps for diabetes care at home, you can feel a sense of control about your illness.
 
Foot Wound - Podiatrist in Des Moines, IA
 
Most diabetic amputations could easily be prevented with good foot care and wound treatment. You can't always prevent an ulcer, but you can almost always prevent an amputation. Here's what you need to know about preventing foot sores and treating them in order to avoid an amputation.

Diabetes and Wounds: Prevention Matters

People with diabetes are at increased risk for complications from wound healing for several reasons. First, diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slower to heal than in people who do not have the disease. Second, many people with diabetes also have neuropathy — reduced sensation in their hands or feet — which means they don't necessarily notice an injury right away.

Why are feet at more risk for diabetes wounds? Because feet just take more of a beating in our daily lives than hands do, and we don't look at them as often, so it's harder to spot a wound.