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Diabetic Foot Wound Care Treatment

  • Research Name Wound Care Treatment
  • Patient Anonymous Patient
  • Doctor Dr. Babajide A. Ogunlana
  • Category pediatric
  • Date 2nd May 2020
  • Location Missouri City, Texas
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Wound Care

wound care treatment baltimore – Podiatry AssociatesDiabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States, and approximately 14-24 percent of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation. Foot ulceration precedes 85 percent of diabetes-related amputations. Research has shown, however, that development of a  diabetic foot ulcer  is preventable with proper treatment.

For more information on wound care, see the APMA website.


What causes a diabetic foot wound or diabetic ulcer?

There are multiple factors that can lead to the formation of a Diabetic Foot Ulcer. One of the key factors is the reduced blood flow to the foot. The reduction of blood flow can be due to multiple factors such as excessive alcohol and tobacco use. Another leading factor is Diabetes because high Glucose levels have a negative effect on artery walls. The deterioration of the arterial walls leads to excessive plaque build up reducing the amount of blood that can reach a diabetic foot. This is known as Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). Take a simple PAD Test or schedule an appointment with our podiatrist (schedule link) to see if you are at risk for developing diabetic foot ulcers


How does a podiatrist treat a diabetic foot ulcer?

There are several key factors in the appropriate treatment of a diabetic foot ulcer:

  • Prevention of infection
  • Taking the pressure off the area, called “off-loading”
  • Removing dead skin and tissue, called “debridement”
  • Applying medication or dressings to the ulcer
  • Managing blood glucose and other health problems
  • Keep the ulcer clean and bandaged;
  • Cleanse the wound daily, using a wound dressing or bandage; and avoid walking barefoot.
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