If left untreated, diabetic foot ulcers can cause permanent damage that affects your mobility.
Approximately 15% of people with diabetes suffer from foot ulcers, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Knowing how to recognize diabetic foot ulcer symptoms is crucial, because untreated ulcers can lead to permanent disfigurement. APMA reports that diabetic wounds are the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States. However, proper wound care can help reduce the chances of surgical intervention, infection, and foot deformation. The following information will help you recognize wound symptoms and find an effective diabetic foot ulcer treatment.
These wound pain-management techniques aid in long-term healing.
Healing from a wound can take time, and each stage of healing may instigate pain. Fortunately, there are several ways you can find relief from wound pain. Each of these techniques aims to either increase your rate of recovery or relieve the pain itself as your wound heals.
As with any medical advice, be sure to consult your physician before enacting these tips. Different types of wound pain will require different treatment methods, so be sure to work with your doctor throughout the healing process. Explore each of the following techniques and discover which ones work best for relieving your wound pain.
Debridement refers to the removal of dead tissue or debris.
In a previous post, we detailed a number of wound care terms that are important for patients to better understand. Learning these concepts, and even how to use them in the proper context, means that patients take a more hands-on approach to their healing regimen. To further your wound healing know-how, here are eight more terms worth remembering:
A new study found that soap was less effective than saline in debriding wounds.
Among the many wound types, open fractures present some especially delicate challenges to physicians and caregivers alike. When the bone breaks in this way, usually by extreme trauma, fragments then pierce the surrounding muscle and tissue.
As the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons noted, open fractures can increase the rate of infection. In fact, according to a 2015 study published in the journal Acta Ortopedica Brasileira, the global infection rate for open fractures is just over 13 percent.
As a result, more scientists and wound care experts are continually taking measures to further reduce the likelihood of harmful infections. In a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a group of doctors outlined how saline could be an important tool in effective wound irrigation.
Having an evaluation from your doctor will help you find out the cause of your wound and how to treat it.
When it comes to injuries, illnesses and wounds, it’s common for patients to wait it out for a while waiting to get better rather than going to the doctor at the first sign than something may be wrong. The earlier wound treatment starts, the better chances of your doctor being able to prevent it from wound infection, cutting down on clinic visits and medical bills, or even stopping the progression of the wound altogether.