Since Joseph had a family history of diabetes, he knew the importance of checking his feet regularly for diabetic foot ulcers. But despite giving careful attention to his health, he still needed to have one of his toes amputated.
Limb salvage expert Dr. Jeffrey Niezgoda of the Center for Comprehensive Wound Care in Wisconsin was able to save the rest of his foot by using a new treatment called Graftjacket . This treatment helps our body to repair the wound quickly by providing immediate coverage to the wound and a way to rebuild the area of missing tissue. The graft incorporates itself into the wound until it gradually converts into the patient's own tissue.
If we have poor circulation and decreased sensation to pain, we sometimes overlook small cuts, blisters, or ingrown toenails. But when they become infected, they can turn into an open wound that's called a diabetic foot ulcer.
One in four people with diabetes who get a foot ulcer will require a lower limb amputati...
If you have diabetes , you might have dry skin. Glucose levels can affect your skin, when they are high, your skin is dry. Neuropathy can also cause dry skin on your feet and legs. Skin problems from dry skin include cracking, itching and infection. The following are tips to help keep your skin healthy when you have diabetes:
Use a moisturizer every day. Keeping your skin moisturized is the simplest way to prevent skin problems. Apply moisturizer after bathing when your skin is damp. Avoid using moisturizer between your toes.
Treat cuts immediately. Wash the area with soap and water and cover if necessary. If you have neuropathy pay careful attention to your legs and feets as you can have a cut or scratch and not know it is there because your nerves aren’t sending messages of pain to your brain.
Avoid scratching cuts or scratches as this can increase the chance for infection. Apply a moisturizer instead.
Keep baths and showers warm, but not hot. Hot water washes away the natural...
Pain - foot
Apply ice to reduce pain and swelling. Do this just after an activity that aggravates your pain.
Elevate your painful foot as much as possible.
Reduce activity until the problem improves.
Wear foot pads in areas of friction or pressure. This will prevent rubbing and irritation.
Take over-the-counter pain medicine, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Try this for 2 to 3 weeks (unless you have a history of an ulcer, liver disease, or other condition that does not allow you to take one of these drugs).
For plantar warts, try an over-the-counter wart removal preparation.
For calluses, soak in warm water and then rub them down with a pumice stone. Do NOT cut or burn corns or calluses.
For foot pain caused by a stress fracture, an extended rest period is often necessary. Crutches may be used for a week or so to take the pressure off, if your foot is particularly painful.
For foot pain due to plant...
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