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Wound care is particularly important for those with diabetes. It’s possible that what appears to be a small wound could turn into more severe foot complications down the road if left untreated.
It’s common for those with diabetes to experience neuropathy a type of nerve damage that can cause you to lose feeling in the feet. Without feeling in your feet, a wound can develop and go unnoticed. That’s why daily foot checks are so important.
Some factors that contribute to the formation of wounds on the feet include tight-fitting shoes, a pebble stuck in your shoe, or simply walking. What may appear to be just a small inconvenience, such as a blister or callus, can worsen over time, so it’s important to be safe and seek professional attention. If you’ve developed a wound, we recommended you try your best to keep weight off of the area until you can meet with your podiatrist.
Ways to prevent wounds from developing include checking your feet daily for any injuries, washing and drying your feet daily, dressing for comfort and making sure your toes have enough space, and properly trimming your toenails straight across.
Because wounds can lead to more severe complications, especially for diabetics, seek professional advice and guidance sooner rather than later.
If you or someone you know has a foot wound, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet to provide expert prevention advice, a proper diagnosis, and plans for treatment. Request your appointment now.
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