Lake Regional's Wound Healing Center offers these health tips.
As many as 6 million diabetics will have a foot ulcer that could result in chronic non-healing wounds and, in extreme cases, lead to amputation.
“Most people with diabetes know the importance of checking blood sugar levels, yet they underestimate the importance of daily foot exams,” said Cody Fox, DPM, who treats diabetic wounds at Lake Regional Wound Healing Center. “Comprehensive foot care programs can reduce diabetes-related wounds and amputation.”
During National Foot Health Awareness Month in April, Lake Regional Wound Healing Center reminds diabetics to care for their feet.
Diabetes can cause changes in the skin of the feet, as well as nerve damage, which can impair sensation of feeling. A visual inspection of the feet and between the toes for blisters, cuts and swelling can help detect wounds when they are more easily treatable.
Crossing the legs while seated can cause pressure on the nerves and blood vessels, possibly causing damage. Instead, elevate the feet for proper blood flow and wiggle toes and ankles often.
To avoid blisters, wear properly fitted socks that aren’t too tight below the knee. To prevent cracking and drying, apply lotion to the top and bottom of the foot, but not between the toes.
Dr. Fox also suggests that diabetics inspect their shoes often. Look for tears or foreign objects that could cause scrapes or cuts. Shoes should be fitted, but not too tight and worn often. Going barefoot increases the risk for cuts and wounds.
Specializing in the treatment of chronic wounds and nonresponsive conditions, Lake Regional Wound Healing Center uses state-of-the-art methodologies. Treatments include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, vascular studies, tissue culturing and pathology, revascularization, skin grafting and clinical or surgical debridement.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fox, call Lake Regional Podiatry at 573-302-2828. To learn more about Dr. Fox, view his bio online at lakeregional.com/physicians.