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Diabetic Wound Care: Preventing Foot Ulcers

For those who have diabetes, foot ulcers are a common problem that could have serious consequences. Diabetics, who suffer from high blood glucose leading to lowered immune responses, are prone to developing ulcers from even a minor wound. The combination of recent cold winter months when feet are often covered by socks and shoes, and other diabetes-related conditions like peripheral neuropathy (loss of feeling in the extremities) make it very important to monitor your feet regularly.

Diabetic foot ulcers are the number one reason for non-traumatic lower extremity amputations, so prevention is the most effective way to avoid them. Here are some tips to help prevent foot ulcers:

  • Check your feet daily for cuts and any other wounds. Incorporate it into your routine so you don’t forget!
  • Clean feet gently with soap and warm water.
  • Keep feet moisturized to avoid dry skin cracking.
  • Use thick, absorbent socks to keep feet covered and warm.
  • Make sure you wear comfortable footwear. Custom shoes may be beneficial in ensuring proper fit and support.
  • See a foot care specialist like Ryan L. D’Amico for routine checkups.

Sometimes even with the best of intentions, foot ulcers can develop. The first thing to do is see an experienced board certified podiatrist like Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico at Syracuse Podiatry. He is known for his expertise in diabetic wound care and can help prevent infections and address any other problems you may be experiencing in relation to your diabetes. Along with his friendly staff, Dr. D’Amico will take the time and care to ensure your comfort and health. He also has the technology and equipment to perform all necessary procedures in our office in Fayetteville, NY. If you live in the Syracuse area and have concerns about diabetic wound care or any other foot and ankle issues, please call to make an appointment at (315) 446-3668.

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