A laceration is a wound. Many wounds develop on the feet, and deep wounds often require stitches. If an object has pierced the skin, an X-ray may be taken which can determine if a piece of it is inside the wound. All wound care requires the hands to be washed thoroughly before the area is touched. This may be helpful in preventing an infection from developing. This is followed by removing the bandage, and gently washing the affected area. After an antibiotic ointment is applied, a new bandage can be put on, and it is important to keep it dry. For wounds that start to change colors, begin to reopen, or if there is decreased movement in the foot, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible. This type of doctor can offer you proper wound care management and provide you with correct treatment techniques.
Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Cary Golub, DPM from New York. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
What Is Wound Care?
Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic.
What Is the Importance of Wound Care?
While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.
How to Care for Wounds
The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.
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