When you have diabetes, everything becomes a little bit more difficult. You have to pay extra attention to what you eat. You have to monitor your blood sugar levels. Even something as seemingly simple as caring for a cut becomes more difficult.
Hygiene is even more important for people with diabetes. That’s because diabetes puts you at a heightened risk of infection. When you have an open wound, such as an ulcer, cut, scratch, or blister, you need to be extra diligent in monitoring your feet so that an infection does not form.
What to Look For in Your Wounds
When you first notice that you have a wound on your foot, you need to keep a close eye on it. Knowing what to watch for will help you determine how to care for the wound and when to seek treatment.
Here are a few things to be aware of when looking at your wounds.
The wound itself. Many people with diabetes have neuropathy. This can make feeling wounds on the bottom of your feet difficult. Without daily inspection, you won’t know if a wound is present, which could cause it to go untreated and uncared for. Don’t rely on your nerves to tell you when you have a wound. Do regular visual inspections.
Drainage. Drainage is a sign of an infection. If you notice any type of white or pussy discharge coming out of your wound, see a doctor.
Dry, calloused skin. Dry skin around your wound can cause the injury to spread. It will make healing slower and your risk of infection higher.
How to Care for Your Foot Ulcers
If you notice a wound, it is a good idea to talk to a podiatrist. Working with a podiatrist will help you prevent serious infections and complications now and in the future.
When you visit Dr. Evan Merrill, your wound will be inspected to determine the cause and offer prevention tips. Treatment will then take place. This will vary depending on the type of wound or foot ulcer and the severity. You might just get a dressing and instructions for how to care for the wound, or you might need medication to help combat an infection.
No matter what type of treatment plan is best for you, it is imperative that you seek help from a podiatrist to prevent serious complications, such as amputation.
Concerned about your feet? Use the form on this page to schedule your appointment and get started with Dr. Evan Merill.