Healing Diabetic Wounds

Why hasn’t this wound healed? Maybe you need to review some rules below!

 Diabetic wounds are very unpredictable! When it comes to diabetic wounds they can be really hard to heal. They are often a combination of poor circulation, lack of sensation to the feet, and pressure from shoes. Often, diabetic ulcers are never felt, therefore they can get much worse before one seeks medical attention.  In fact, bleeding or drainage usually occurs before it is noticed! Wounds sometimes get worse rapidly, and it is imperative to see a wound specialist, such as a podiatrist, for the foot and ankle as soon as possible to get the wound headed in the right direction!  The podiatrists at Kansas City Foot and Ankle have a vast amount of knowledge in getting a wound to heal as quickly as possible!

There are a lot of rules about wound healing, some of which are listed below:

  • Rule #1 – Don’t soak a wound, unless it’s an ingrown. Often times, soaking an ingrown in soap and water can help heal them. Unfortunately, there are a lot of other types of wounds that soaking can make worse.
  • Rule #2 – Most deep wounds do not heal on their own and require a specialist physician.
  • Rule #3 – Don’t use peroxide on a wound. It is too harsh and can cause irritation, and be caustic to the wound.
  • Rule #4 – Apply a dressing to the wound. People think that a wound should be left open to the air. This is incorrect. Placing a dressing on a wound can help prevent bacteria from entering into it and causing additional problems.
  • Rule #5 – If you are a diabetic and your blood glucose is under control, you can still get a wound that has the potential to become infected!
  • Rule #6 – Don’t assume your wound is not infected! This is not easy to tell by an untrained eye.  A podiatrist can tell a lot about a foot or ankle wound’s size, tissue quality, and depth to know if it’s infected.
  • Rule #7 – Don’t make your own dressings at home!  There are specialized wound care products that are made specifically for your particular wound!

Kansas City Foot and Ankle takes wounds seriously! We are committed to getting patients in quickly.  By getting in to see a well-trained podiatrist as soon as you notice something wrong, you can likely get the wound to heal faster, avoid hospital admissions, surgery, and at worst, amputations. Kansas City Foot and Ankle is also really good at preventing and treating infections, removing the pressure to areas of wounds, and promoting wound healing by removing dead tissue. Additionally, we can provide medications and wound dressings that promote healing!

If you have a diabetic wound or any type of foot or ankle wound, please call Kansas City Foot and Ankle at 816-943-1111 to get your wound going in the right direction!  By seeking medical attention from one of our trained podiatrists, you lower the chance of complications and reduce the risk of amputations due to complications from wounds, especially diabetic wounds!

The ADA (American Diabetic Association) has guidelines for how often diabetic patients should be seen by a podiatrist for preventative foot checks. Most people don’t know this, but our podiatrists at Kansas City Foot and Ankle know the ADA guidelines well!  We will get you an appointment scheduled according to your diabetic foot risks. This will help to aid in avoiding diabetic foot and ankle complications.  Again, the podiatrists at Kansas City Foot and Ankle are specialists in preventing and treating foot ulcers!