Foot wounds, from minor scrapes to chronic ulcers, can disrupt daily life, hinder mobility, and pose a serious health risk, especially for individuals with diabetes. However, with the proper treatments and the right footwear, you can take steps towards a stable recovery.
Syracuse Podiatry is a proven leader when it comes to both diabetic foot care and wound healing, so we’ve decided to share our expertise in this blog post. We’ll cover the basics of the best at-home wound care practices, as well as the potential of diabetic shoes to improve patient outcomes.
3 Hints for At-Home Wound Care
- Cleanliness is key: Gently wash the wound with warm water and mild soap, removing debris or crusted material.
- Dress for success: Select breathable, absorbent dressings that wick away moisture and prevent infection. Your podiatrist can recommend the best type for your specific wound.
- Elevate and rest: Prop your foot up above your heart to reduce swelling. Avoid putting pressure on the wound.
Diabetic Footwear: A Proactive Approach
Diabetes can significantly impact foot health, leading to neuropathy, a form of nerve damage, as well as impaired circulation. This makes even minor wounds more susceptible to infection and slow healing. That’s where diabetic shoes can help. These specially designed shoes offer a multitude of benefits:
- Specially designed footwear for diabetes can conform to the shape of your foot, eliminating pressure points and excessive lateral movement while reducing friction.
- This, in turn, will decrease the risk of subsequent infection.
Depth and Width:
- Ample room eases any swelling or deformities, preventing painful rubbing and blisters.
- A spacious toe box provides comfort and reduces pressure.
Supportive and Stability:
- Steadying features, particularly around the major joints of the foot and ankle, help prevent falls and promote proper gait.
- Many diabetes-friendly shoes are designed to accommodate the use of orthotic insoles, which can offer another layer of support and protection.
Of course, there’s more to know when it comes to complex topics like wound care or diabetes. If you’re seeking information or you’re concerned regarding any of the matters discussed above, contact us and make an appointment. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and Dr. Nicholas Cronin look forward to assisting you!