A cut, nick, or scrape never used to seem like such a big deal as a kid. You just got a Band-Aid slapped over it, perhaps a kiss to make it all better, and went tearing back out to play on the Winslow Woods Playground. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, however, it’s a whole different situation—especially with your feet. A small injury that goes unchecked can develop into an ulcer with serious complications. That’s why detecting wounds early and receiving proper wound care becomes very important.
Wounds normally don’t cause much trouble because they can be seen or felt when they happen. Diabetes, however, can restrict circulation to the feet and cause damage to the nerves, resulting in reduced or deadened sensation. If you get a cut or sore, you might not even realize it and keep walking on it, aggravating it further until it develops into an ulcer. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, anywhere between 14 and 24 percent of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer end up needing an amputation.
The good news is that ulcers can be prevented if you keep a watchful eye on your feet. Make a daily foot inspection part of your routine, checking the tops, bottoms, and toes for any signs of sores, cuts, discoloration or anything else out of the ordinary. If you do find something, call our office at (812) 333-4422. Dr. Kevin Powers and his staff can help you determine the best course of action and provide careful, expert wound care if you need it.
Don’t let diabetes steal quality from your life. Keep us in your corner and enjoy the world with greater confidence!