Diabetes impacts more people than ever before and will impact their quality of life. One of the dreadful results of diabetes is diabetic wounds and ulcers on the feet.
What are Diabetic Wounds?
If you have diabetes and you are concerned for the health of your feet, Dr. Hoy conveniently located in Seattle to help you. Using the latest medical techniques, he can properly care for your diabetic wound.
What causes Diabetic Wounds
Most people who get a cut or abrasion on their foot immediately feel it and begin to take care of the wound. However, for the person with diabetes, it is not that simple. If they get that same cut or abrasion on their foot, they are susceptible to the wound getting dangerously worse because of certain conditions such as:
- Poor Circulation
- Reduced Sensation also called Neuropathy
- Nerve Damage
Poor circulation depletes that body’s ability to heal itself. Reduced sensation in the foot and nerve damage diminishes the ability to feel foot pain with even a severe cut. These add up to potential infected wounds that will not heal. Dr. Hoy has the experience and expertise to properly diagnose and treat all sorts of diabetic wounds.
Diabetic Foot Care Guidelines
If you have diabetes and you want to avoid serious foot problems, then it is important that you routinely care for your feet. We suggest you do the following to maintain proper foot health:
- Check for Wounds and Abrasions
- Wash Feet Daily with Lukewarm Water
- Wear Socks to Bed
- Remove Foreign Objects in Shoes
- Never Walk Barefoot
- Cut Toe Nails Carefully
- Don’t Smoke!
- Control Your Diabetes
- See Dr. Hoy for Periodic Foot Exams
Treating Diabetic Wounds
The best route for treating diabetic wounds are to properly care for your diabetes by controlling your glucose. However, if a wound, ulcer or abrasion becomes serious, our team will use the latest medical techniques to care for your feet. Based on a thorough assessment and examination, some of the advanced wound care treatments we may provide are:
- Compression Therapy
- Nerve Conduction Studies
- Skin Grafts
- Pressure-Off Loading
- Amputation (in extreme cases)