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Essential Wound Care for Your Feet

Your feet are your constant companions, carrying you through life's journey. When injuries occur, proper wound care is vital to ensure a speedy recovery and prevent complications. The following are steps that can be taken for proper wound care. Begin by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water to avoid introducing bacteria into the wound. Gently cleanse the affected area with mild soap and warm water, patting it dry with a clean towel. Bleeding can be controlled by applying gentle pressure with a clean cloth or sterile gauze. Using an antiseptic solution or ointment can help to disinfect the wound and minimize the risk of infection. This can be followed by applying an adhesive bandage or sterile dressing to shield the wound from dirt and friction. Change the dressing regularly and keep an eye on any signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or discharge. By following these simple wound care steps, you can safeguard the health of your feet. If the bleeding persists or the wound is deep, it is suggested to seek prompt medical attention from 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 Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner 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 our office located in Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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