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Home Care for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

The risk of developing slow-healing open sores on the feet, also known as foot ulcers, is particularly high among people with diabetes. They often form on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. If you are diabetic and have a foot ulcer, it is highly suggested that you get it treated by a medical professional. In addition to following your doctor’s instructions, you can also better care for your diabetic foot ulcer at home by keeping pressure off of the affected foot, regularly cleaning the ulcer and changing your bandages, and taking your medications as directed. To prevent future foot ulcers, you should try to keep your blood sugar under control through diet, exercise, medication, and avoiding smoking. Wear shoes when you are on your feet to avoid potential injuries, and inspect the feet daily to detect any cuts, scrapes, or sores early. For more information about treatment and prevention of diabetic foot ulcers, speak with a podiatrist today. 

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 Princeton Foot & Ankle Associates. 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 Princeton and West Windsor, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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