From diabetic foot care and traumatic foot wounds to casually stubbing your toe — foot care is vital to our health and wellness.
When we imagine what health and wellness looks like, we often conjure up an image of healthy eating and active lifestyle choices. But, health and wellness goes beyond just a couple habits and manifests as a multifaceted part of our wellbeing, and foot wound care is one aspect of it.
At Dr. Pound Foot and Ankle, foot wound care is one of our specialties as we help patients navigate different foot concerns such as diabetic foot care and foot injuries and trauma. Join us in today’s post as we examine three different types of foot wound care.
Common Foot Conditions
The three main types of foot conditions that we’ll cover in today’s post include:
- Diabetic wound care
- Traumatic foot injuries
- Small foot injuries (stubbed toes)
It’s important to call attention to not only their causes but also their wound care because, if left unaddressed, they only continue to worsen.
Diabetic Wound Care
Diabetic wound care is vital to diabetes management just as much as insulin and limiting sugar. When you have diabetes you’re at greater risk for foot wounds because not only is your circulation compromised, but over time, you may develop a nerve condition called neuropathy from longstanding elevated blood sugar levels. Both poor circulation and neuropathy subject you to cuts, scratches, and wounds because you have a hard time feeling what you walk on or if your feet are rubbing in your shoes causing blisters. How can you treat a wound when you don’t even know it’s there?
Diabetics may also develop a foot ulcer, which is an open wound or sore that doesn’t heal. Again, because there is poor blood flow to your foot when there is an open wound, it has a hard time healing because of the lack of blood circulation to the wound. If left untreated and goes unhealed, this can cause an infection or foot amputation.
Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States.
– Advanced Foot and Ankle Medicine and Surgery
If you are managing diabetes, it is crucial to work with a podiatrist on a regular basis for optimal wound care. And, if you do notice a diabetic ulcer, schedule an appointment with a foot specialist immediately.
Foot Injuries and Traumas
If you are involved in an accident, traumatic foot injuries including foreign objects and stepping on sharp objects are commonly seen in foot wounds.
It’s important to always seek immediate professional care.
We’ve taken a look at foot injuries, but there is much more information to cover — stay tuned for part two!
If you are looking for a foot specialist in Fort Myers, Dr. Pound is the leading podiatrist! Schedule an appointment today!