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  • LRHS recognizes American Diabetes Month

  • November is American Diabetes Month and Lake Regional Wound Healing Center is drawing attention to the fact that every hour seven people across the country lose a foot or leg to the disease.
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  • November is American Diabetes Month and Lake Regional Wound Healing Center is drawing attention to the fact that every hour seven people across the country lose a foot or leg to the disease.
     "Diabetic patients are confronted with multiple challenges in the healing process,” Lake Regional Wound Healing Center Director Laurie Lowther, R.N., said. “Not only is circulation diminished, but those with diabetes also have an impaired ability to sense the earliest stages of foot injury due to disease-associated nerve damage.”
     According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly one in three people with diabetes ages 40 and older have at least one area on their feet that lacks feeling.
    Those at greater risk for nerve damage include diabetics who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar, high cholesterol, weight or blood pressure.
     Statistically, one in 20 diabetics will develop a wound on the legs or feet each year.
    The risk of amputations can be reduced by 45 percent to 85 percent through foot care programs that can include risk assessment, education, treatment of foot problems and referrals to specialists.
     State-of-the-art equipment and leading edge therapies also are playing a role in reducing the risk of amputation.
     “Lake Regional Wound Healing Center offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies,” Lowther said. “We recommend people with diabetes manually inspect their feet each day and seek immediate attention if a lower extremity wound has increased pain, redness or swelling, foul wound odor, or a change in color or change in amount of drainage.” 
    Any of the following could indicate a problem and should be discussed with a health care provider:
    • pain in the legs or cramping in the buttocks, thighs or calves during physical activity
    • tingling, burning or painful feet
    • loss of sense of touch or the ability to feel heat or cold in the feet
    • changes in the shape, color or temperature of the feet
    • hair loss on the toes, feet and lower legs
    • dry or cracked skin on the feet
    • thick and yellow toenails or fungus infections between the toes
    • blisters, sores, infected corns and ingrown toenails
     
    For more information about Lake Regional Wound Healing Center, visit lakeregional.com or call 573-302-2990 to schedule an appointment.
     

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