If you have diabetes, wound care is essential. Every day in the United States, 230 people with diabetes have an amputation. At Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, Joel Segalman, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAO, and Stephen Lazaroff, DPM, FACFAS, provide comprehensive diabetic wound care, helping foot ulcers heal with advanced techniques and giving you self-care tips to prevent future wounds. Schedule an appointment as soon as you notice a cut, bruise, or wound on your feet. Call the office in Waterbury or Newtown, Connecticut, or use the online booking feature today.
Everyone who has diabetes has an increased risk of developing open sores (ulcers) on their feet. These sores are dangerous because they only heal with intensive wound care.
Diabetic wounds begin as a tiny cut, bruise, or abrasion. Then your minor wound quickly turns into a nonhealing diabetic ulcer because of two problems caused by diabetes. These include:
High blood sugar damages the nerves in your feet. The condition, called diabetic neuropathy, may cause tingling or burning at first. Eventually, it reduces sensation and causes numbness. That means you don’t feel the pain of a small cut, so you’re not aware of the problem and don’t treat it.
High blood sugar also damages your blood vessels, reducing circulation and depriving tiny cuts of the oxygen they need to heal. As a result, small wounds quickly turn into open ulcers that rapidly enlarge, encouraging significant skin and bone infections.
You can lower your risk of wounds by getting into the habit of examining, cleaning, and moisturizing your feet. That lets you catch those tiny cuts and get wound care before they progress to become an ulcer.
People with diabetes should schedule a yearly foot exam. You also need to see your Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, provider any time you notice foot problems, such as:
Resist the urge to treat common problems, like ingrown toenails, at home because it’s too easy to accidentally cut your skin and risk a nonhealing wound. They need professional care at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC.
Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, provides comprehensive wound care that includes:
Off-loading promotes healing by taking pressure off the ulcer. Your provider can off-load your wound by using orthotics, bracing, or specialized casts.
Your wound care also includes diabetes education and making sure you have the treatment needed to keep your blood sugar in the normal range.
To schedule a wound care appointment, call the nearest office or book online today.