Patient Foot-Care for Slow Healing Wounds and Diabetics

03/02/2011

A slow or non-healing wound of the foot can be  caused by a variety of situations or conditions. Some may be due to poor circulation, a vascular disease, a trauma to the foot, simple immobility can cause pressure ulcers or bed-sores. But a wound can also be a sign of diabetes, which, if not treated, can lead to serious complications and even amputation. Have it examined by a Podiatrist who can diagnose and provide proper immediate or long term care.

Approximately 3-5 million Americans experience diabetic wounds while Dia-betes affects approximately 6% of the general populations, and higher in upper age brackets.

• Wash your feet daily in lukewarm water using a mild soap. Talcum powder reduces moisture between the toes.

• Don't try to remove any corns or calluses yourself by cutting or using non prescribed corn or callus cures which can easily damage a diabetic's skin.

• Always protect your feet with properly fitted footwear. Make certain that any store you choose offers an experienced shoe fitter. Avoid fancy shoes, i.e. pointed, high heals or tightly fitted.

As Fellows of the American Professional Wound Care Association, Drs. Imanuel and Grillo specialize in treating Diabetics for foot and leg problems including: Wound Care, Neuropathy and preventative foot care with our Medical Shoe Program for Diabetics. He can be reached at 768-2323.