Diabetic Wound Care in Ozone Park & Manhasset, NY
Diabetics must be wary of all wounds and ulcers, regardless of depth or size. Ulcers are open sores or wounds that develop from tissue loss on the skin. Typically these sores can become very painful. Diabetes, a chronic disease in which the body cannot properly use glucose the way it normally would, causes various complications that make wounds difficult to heal. Nerve damage or neuropathy can cause diabetics to have trouble feeling the pain of a blister or cut until the condition has significantly worsened or become infected. A diabetic’s weakened immune system can make even the most minor of wounds easily susceptible to infection.
Diabetics are also more prone to developing narrow, clogged arteries, and are therefore more likely to develop wounds.
Wounds should be taken care of immediately after discovery, as even the smallest of wounds can become infected if enough bacteria build up within the wound. To remove dirt, wounds should first be rinsed under running water only. Soap, hydrogen peroxide, or iodine can irritate the injury and should be avoided. To prevent infection, apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover it with a bandage. The bandage should be changed daily. The skin around the wound may be cleaned with soap. As the wound heals, make sure to avoid applying pressure to the affected area.
Daily inspection of the feet is key in preventing the formation of wounds and ulcers, and at first sign of development, one should immediately contact his or her podiatrist. Ulcers are commonly found on the bottom of the feet. Depending on the severity of the ulcer, it may take weeks to months for foot ulcers to properly heal.
Call our practice today to have Dr. Micallef treat your diabetic wound and provide tips on diabetic foot care.