We often hear the term, Christmas in July, although around here, we’re not all that anxious to think about snow in the middle of a summer that’s flying by way too fast! However, it’s critically important to consider the snowball effects of a diabetic wound left untreated.
Foot wounds are a common occurrence when you have diabetes, mainly because conditions typically associated with the disease increase your risk of developing an ulcer. Neuropathy keeps you from feeling an injury occurring, and poor circulation keeps that injury from healing. As a result, the door is left wide open for infection to set in, and that can lead to dangerous consequences, including amputation. That’s why prompt treatment of a diabetic wound is so crucial!
The first step is spotting the problem and the best way to do that is a diligent daily foot inspection. Remember, even the smallest of abrasions can snowball into major complications. Anything out of the ordinary – a scratch, blister, burn, cut, change in color or temperature – is your cue to give us a call right away!
After a process known as “debridement,” which involves removing all damaged and dead tissue, we will clean the wound, treat it for infection, and apply a sterile dressing. The wound will then be “off-loaded,” meaning all pressure will be removed. For you, this means no weight-bearing. You may need a special boot and scooter for a while. Follow up visits will allow us to monitor the wound and ensure proper healing is underway. You should watch for signs of infection, including, redness, warmth, and draining. If you notice any of these, contact us immediately.
In the meantime, the wound and dressing will need to remain clean and dry, and managing your glucose levels will help move the healing process along. Stay off your feet, and follow care directions closely.
If you have diabetes, don’t delay getting help for a diabetic wound or things can quickly snowball into a devastating situation. Contact our Bloomington, IL office at (309) 661-9975 immediately to get the help you need!