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Cleaning Foot Wounds

Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

Wounds on the feet can develop for any number of different reasons. Commonly, if an individual is walking barefoot and steps on an irregular, sharp, or small object, this may create some kind of wound. Relatedly, foot wounds are common to some diabetics because the loss of feeling in the feet among diabetics makes it more difficult to even notice wounds when they develop. Although wound care is particular to each patient, several general rules of thumb might be useful. Generally, it might be a good idea to clean the wound before dressing it. If a medical professional says that it is permissible to do so, clean the wound with soap and water to fight against infections. It is also important to remember that the wound can also sometimes be dried with a towel so that it is not wet. Having a wet wound that makes the bandage wet might have a host of complications. If you are prone to developing foot wounds (perhaps because you suffer from diabetes or because you frequently walk around barefoot), contact a podiatrist today to see what you can do to ward off foot wounds.


 

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 the podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & 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 Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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