What are Diabetic Foot Ulcers?
A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that affects approximately 15% of diabetic individuals and is typically found on the bottom of the foot. Diabetic foot ulcers often present with unusual swelling of the foot, irritation and redness, strong odor, drainage and in more advance circumstances, blackened skin surrounding the wound. Often due to neuropathic and/or vascular complications in patients, diabetic ulcers can cause significant vascular difficulties in the lower limbs if left untreated. Severe diabetic foot ulcers can lead to amputations of the lower limbs and extremities that are not traumatic. Six percent of people who develop a foot ulcer will end up in the hospital due to infection or other ulcer-related issues, making early intervention critical.
Why Choose Us?
Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers?
Checking your feet daily
Lowering blood sugar
Appropriate debridement of wounds
Treating any infection
Reducing friction and pressure
Restoring adequate blood flow
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According to The American Journal of Managed Care, roughly 80,000 Americans have a diabetes-related extremity amputation every year.
Treating Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Early intervention is critical when treating diabetic foot ulcers so as to avoid infection and/or amputation. Because diabetes disrupts the body’s natural healing process, wound care centers can play a vital role in helping the patient heal and return back to their normal day to day life. Infection control, off-loading, debridement, and hydrogels are all treatment options often applied to treat diabetic foot ulcers. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about the treatment options for diabetic foot ulcers available at The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine.