Lake Regional Wound Healing Center treats chronic foot and leg wounds that are often caused by underlying conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease. It is estimated that 25 percent of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes will develop a diabetic foot ulcer. Without treatment, the wounds can lead to amputation or death.

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, a time when Lake Regional Wound Healing Center suggests people take a moment to stand up for their feet. According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, the average person takes 10,000 steps each day, which adds up to more than 3 million steps per year.

Lake Regional Wound Healing Center treats chronic foot and leg wounds that are often caused by underlying conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease. It is estimated that 25 percent of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes will develop a diabetic foot ulcer. Without treatment, the wounds can lead to amputation or death.

“Diabetes is the leading cause of limb amputations not resulting from trauma,” said Podiatrist Cody Fox, DPM, FACFAS, who cares for patients at Lake Regional Wound Healing Center and Lake Regional Podiatry. “Complications from diabetes make it difficult for wounds to heal. It’s critical for people with diabetes to educate themselves on what leads to amputations, so they can get help for those problems before it’s too late to save the limb.”

There are preventative measures everyone can do to improve foot health. Lake Regional Wound Healing Center offers the following foot care tips.

·         Check your feet for sores or other injuries every day. You may have an injury but cannot feel the pain.

·         Wash your feet every day and dry them with care, especially between the toes.

·         Trim your toenails, as needed, after you’ve washed and dried your feet.

·         Wear properly fitting shoes that do not rub or pinch your feet.

·         Always wear socks or stockings with your shoes, and never walk barefoot or only in socks.

·         Physical activity can help increase circulation in your feet. Ask your health care provider which physical activity is right for you.

Lake Regional Wound Healing Center offers comprehensive wound care and leading edge treatments, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings, and growth factor therapies. For more information on the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers or chronic or infected wounds, visit www.lakeregional.com/whc or contact the Wound Healing Center at 573-302-2990.