Diabetes Wound Care 101
Make sure to check your feet for wounds regularly.
When you have diabetes, any wound can be a serious one, as elevated blood glucose levels can make healing more difficult and lead to infection. First of all, it’s important to know what a wound really is – it’s any break in your skin. Whether it’s deep or not, broken skin is a wound. There are many types, like pressure ulcers, traumatic wounds, surgery scars and more. However, perhaps the most common type for people with diabetes is diabetic or neuropathic ulcers, usually on the feet or lower extremities. These wounds happen because of neuropathy, which means you lose the ability to process sensations in these areas and therefore miss small wounds that become much larger. Let’s talk about how to take care of your wounds when you have diabetes.
One of the best ways to approach diabetic wound care is to ensure you check your feet regularly – perhaps even every day. Little cuts and scrapes that you don’t notice now have the potential to become ulcers, so you should treat them as soon as you see them. You should also keep an eye on any wounds you have in order to be sure they are healing relatively normally. If they are not, call your medical provider and request an appointment as well as wound care supplies.
What else should you look for?
People with diabetes are also at high risk for arterial ulcers, which happen when there is very poor circulation to extremities due to diseased arteries. Usually you’ll find these in the lower extremities too, and they are very difficult to heal. If it looks like a piece of your skin has been punched out, you may have an arterial ulcer. You will require specialized wound care supplies to address it, and possibly even special treatment like a hyperbaric chamber. Learning to recognize wounds of this nature is an important part of self-care for diabetes.
What can you do to help wounds heal?
One of the best things you can do to improve wound healing when you have diabetes is to keep your blood sugar strictly under control. You can speak to your health professional about the best ways to accomplish this, and ensure you stick to any treatment plan you come up with together. This way, wound care for you will be very close to normal, and you will be at a lower risk of things like diabetic ulcers and arterial ulcers.
Advanced Tissue is the nation’s leader in delivering specialized wound care supplies to patients.