Though living with diabetes is often challenging, the condition is manageable as long as you know what habits and lifestyle changes to follow. At her Houston, Tomball, Cleveland, Texas practice, Lauren Reed, DPM, is experienced in treating diabetic foot wounds through an approach that combines prevention and education with innovative wound care techniques. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Reed, call the office today or use the online booking feature.
Diabetes can cause poor circulation, nerve damage, and greater vulnerability to infections, which means even small foot wounds or ulcers can become serious medical concerns if left untreated. If you have diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage, you may lose all the sensation in your feet, including pain, so you’ll need to closely inspect your feet to know if you have any wounds.
When you get diabetic foot wounds, they heal at a relatively slow rate, leaving them open to infection. Even a small blister or wound can result in an infection that if left untreated can result in serious complications, including amputation. However, you can stop foot wounds before they become serious concerns by routinely inspecting your feet, getting prompt treatment for wounds when they do occur, and by making the lifestyle changes necessary to keep your diabetes under control.
Dr. Reed uses innovative wound care techniques to treat diabetic foot wounds, including allografts, which use cells found in healthy skin to “patch” wounds and stimulate the healing process. Allografts behave just like healthy skin.
In addition to performing allografts for wounds that don’t heal, Dr. Reed safely removes any corns or calluses, which can become infected if left untreated or if you try to remove them yourself. She’ll also advise you on how to take care of your feet, including recommending breathable socks and supportive, comfortable footwear to help prevent blisters and other sources of wounds.
As with most complications of diabetes, the best way to prevent foot wounds is by eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly, and taking any prescribed medications, including insulin. These steps will improve your circulation and can prevent nerve damage, stopping many foot wounds from becoming more serious or even from occurring in the first place.
If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet each day for signs of wounds, including punctures, bruises, ulcers, cuts, scratches, and ingrown toenails, all of which can potentially become infected. With daily inspections, you’ll catch any wounds before they become a more serious problem.
In addition to inspecting your feet, your daily routine should also include washing your feet with soap and warm water to prevent infections. Then, apply a calming lotion to prevent dryness and cracking, a common side effect of neuropathy and a source of foot wounds.
To get help managing diabetic foot wounds, call Lauren Reed, DPM, or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.