WOUND CARE/DIABETIC FOOT CARE & NEUROPATHY
Diabetes that is not adequately managed or otherwise under control can damage a person’s nerves and may eventually lead to a condition called Diabetic Neuropathy.
When nerves in the legs and feet are damaged, they may not be able to feel sensations like heat, cold, or pain. While that may not sound like a big deal, it really is. If a person is unable to feel a wound on their foot, for example, then the injury is at risk of not healing correctly, becoming infected, and possibly needing surgery to sufficiently address it.
For these reasons, diabetic foot and wound care are vitally important. At Newport Foot and Ankle Center, we take great pride in helping our diabetic patients stay on top of caring for their wounds and feet, through the following options:
- Expert wound cleaning and treatment with sterile dressings designed to keep bacteria out of open wounds. In some cases, antibiotics will be prescribed to help ensure any bacterial infections are eliminated.
- Custom-fitted immobilization devices such as braces and casts.
- Ongoing observation of diabetic foot conditions to ensure healing is progressing and that conditions aren’t worsening.
- Custom-fitted orthotics specially made for people with diabetes.
People with diabetic neuropathy need to examine their own feet daily (looking for red or white discolorations of the skin, broken skin, wounds, or other skin breakdowns) and should have their feet examined by a specialist at least every other month to ensure close follow up. This is extremely important because research states that more than 80 percent of lower extremity amputations in people with diabetes are due to ulcers that haven’t healed. Sadly, the mortality risk for diabetic patients increases significantly in those who have undergone an amputation. The best bet in preventing it is to stay on top of your foot health.
With a breadth of experience in caring for numerous patients with diabetic foot and ankle concerns, Dr. Haupt and his expert team are here to help.