Diabetic wound care can impact your level of mobility and prevent the need for amputation. So, it’s essential to know how to tend to your wounds and prevent things like scrapes and ulcers from becoming something more.
For those with diabetes proper wound care can be the difference between continued mobility and amputation. That’s why it’s essential to understand how best to care for yourself and what the right wound care can do for you. Today we’re exploring five important things you should know about how to tend to your wounds and prevent things like ulcers or scrapes from becoming more than minor nuisances.
Today we’re exploring five important things you should know about how to tend to your wounds and prevent things like ulcers or scrapes from becoming more than minor nuisances.
Preventing And Controlling Infection Is Vital
For most people, a scrape or blister is at most annoying or a bit irritating. But for those with diabetes, a disease that impacts white blood cells and therefore the natural healing process, that’s simply not the case.
So, an infection can be more easily contracted by those with diabetes and this can lead to severe problems from even the smallest cut.
Small Things Can Become Big Problems
In addition to the impact on the body’s natural healing process and white blood cells, diabetes can cause nerve damage.
This means that those with the disease may not even know they have a cut or scrape, making matters far worse in the long run and often delaying proper care.
If you have diabetes, it’s important to regularly visit your doctor and to follow proper procedures for checking and treating any bumps, bruises, cuts, or scrapes.
Moisture Makes A Difference
Another key consideration is the level of moisture in a wound wrap or other treatment device. The environment should not be too dry or too moist as these conditions can lead to undesired outcomes like a bacterial infection or reopening of wounds.
Whether you and your doctor choose alginates, film, or hydrocolloids it’s important to discuss how best to address the moisture within the dressing. In addition, it’s helpful to explore exactly how to redress your wound or reapply a dressing should it come off or need adjustment.
Proper Pressure Can Change The Game
For many with diabetes, the amount of pressure a dressing or device provides may be confusing. That’s why the process of pressure mapping is a key consideration for diabetic wound care as well.
Checking your feet, keeping feet comfortable and cushioned can help prevent issues down the road but even with preventative approach wounds and pains may occur.
Things like total contact casts may be recommended by your doctor. They may also recommend a removable option for addressing proper pressure in your feet or legs.
Expert Wound Care Keeps You Healthy
Whether you’re currently dealing with a wound or you want some guidance in preventing future issues, the Body In Motion Team is here to help. We offer a myriad of treatment options, which may include shoes, bracing and /or a combination of both. We have the knowledge and experience to treat and heal even the most aggressive wounds.