I was lucky enough to attend the SAWC (Symposium of Advanced Wound Care) Spring conference in San Antonio, April 29-May 3, 2015. Diabetic patients need to understand the importance of proper foot care and importance of good blood glucose control to maintain the integrity of their feet. Those feel-good sentiments were replaced by anger, sadness, and ultimately litigation after her mom died. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, 14-24% of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation, and about 75% of those who do get an amputation will pass away within the next 5 years. An important trait to look for in a sandal is heel support. The trouble is, managing diabetes effectively is an immensely difficult task, a fact not lost upon patients or medical practitioners. Use a mirror to see the bottom of your feet easily.
Evaluation by the staff podiatrist revealed that the bone could be easily probed, clinically giving the patient the diagnosis of osteomyelitis, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy was initiated. The wound is then probed for depth and to see if there is any foreign material in it before it is cleaned. Cut the tops of your toenails straight before filing the edges. Speaking in favor of using HBOT to cure diabetic foot ulcers was its outspoken proponent and lead author of the best study, Magnus Löndahl, MD, PhD, of Sweden’s Lund University. Foot wears that are too big or too small can cause blisters and calluses. We’ll be hosting a free event at our clinic on Nov. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits.
Diabetic socks and diabetic-friendly lotions and creams are also essential for taking care of diabetic feet. Use warm, NOT hot water – be sure they check the water temperature with a thermometer or their elbow. The joints become loose especially in the area of the foot arch and if the patient neglects the foot it can lead to a severe deformity that is difficult to correct. That’s why it’s important to keep them toasty and warm with a nice pair of slippers. The least we can do is to be kind to them. Anyone can refer to these tips to help take care of their own feet. Wear shoes and socks at all the times.