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Dealing With Gangrene

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

One of the more severe side effects of diabetes is the development of wounds that do not heal properly. Wounds may cause skin ulcers, which can develop into gangrene if not treated correctly. Gangrene indicates the death of tissue, typically in the feet, because of decreased blood flow to the area. Causes of gangrene include diseases that affect blood circulation like smoking or infected wounds. Among the symptoms are pain and swelling, decay of the affected area, a blackened color, and a foul odor. If you have any of these symptoms it is essential to consult with a podiatrist who can evaluate the severity of the condition. Treatment may include debridement or removal of the dead tissue and intravenous antibiotic medication. In addition, pain relievers and anticoagulation medicine may be prescribed. In the most severe cases, the affected area may need to be amputated. For more information, please contact a podiatrist. 

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Howard Waxman, DPM from Pleasant Valley Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Willoughby Hills and Broadview Heights, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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