When you have diabetes, everything becomes a little bit more complicated. 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 critical 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 an injury 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. See a doctor if you notice any white or pus-filled discharge coming from your wound.
- 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 severe infections and complications now and in the future.
When you visit Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, your wound will be inspected to determine the cause and offer prevention tips. Treatment will then take place. This will vary depending on the wound or foot ulcer type and the severity. You might get a dressing and instructions on caring for the wound, or you might need medication to help combat 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.
Diabetic Foot Care in Medford, OR
Are you concerned about your feet? Call us at (541) 776-3338, or take advantage of our online form and request an appointment with us to get started with Dr. Merrill.