Diabetic Wound Care is Crucial

There are a lot of fantastic performances held at Carson Valley Inn’s TJ Corral in nearby Minden. If you happened to catch the summer show with Moe Bandy and TG Sheppard, you took in a great duet! Some duos are not-so-great, however—like nerve damage and poor blood flow.

Neuropathy and reduced blood flow are double trouble for those with diabetes. The two together are a dangerous combination that can lead to serious complications and even amputation, which is why diabetic wound care is so important.

Nerve damage in your feet means you may not even realize that you’ve incurred an injury. Poor circulation results in blood taking an extra-long time to bring healing nutrients to the wound. When this happens, you’re looking at some serious repercussions. The wound will remain open and infection can set in. That is why it is crucial for you to get to Sierra Foot & Ankle right away as soon as you notice any signs of trouble, so treatment can begin immediately.

Caring for foot ulcers consists of off-loading, or taking pressure off of the area; debridement, meaning the removal of dead tissue; cleaning, medicating, and bandaging; and finally, managing your glucose levels.

To take pressure off, you may need to use a wheelchair or crutches, or be fitted for a special brace or cast. Once damaged skin is removed and the wound cleaned, medication and fresh bandages are applied and should be changed as directed. Controlling your blood sugar is key to encouraging healing and reducing risk of further complications.

It is also important that you eat right, exercise and refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol. You must adhere to the strict instructions Dr. Victoria Melhuish provides to ensure a healthy recovery. To prevent future problems, be sure to check feet thoroughly every day, and pay us regular visits.

To find out more about the importance of diabetic wound care, call 775-783-8037 to reach our Gardnerville, NV office, or dial 888-608-8406 toll free to make an appointment at Sierra Foot & Ankle today. 

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