In South Carolina, the salty air can cause rust spots on your car. Those spots will erode and become larger and larger if they are not repaired promptly. The same is true of a sore on your foot if you have diabetes. Unfortunately, conditions associated with the disease can make even minor sores turn into major problems. Nerve damage can prevent you from knowing a wound exists, and poor circulation slows the healing process, allowing the wound to get worse and worse, and opening the door to dangerous infections. Left untreated, it can have serious consequences, including amputation. Diabetic care, especially wound care, is vital to avoiding such issues.
Your best approach is to check your feet every day. Look for blisters, calluses, cuts, or any changes in color and temperature. If you see a sore, no matter how small, contact Carolina Podiatry Group, Inc. immediately. The sooner wound care begins, the better chance you have of stopping the damage from escalating.
Treatment involves properly cleaning, medicating, and dressing the sore. Often debridement, or the removal of dead tissue, will need to be performed, and a period of off-loading, meaning non-bearing of weight, will follow to expedite healing.
Taking steps to manage your diabetes can help prevent ulcers from forming in the first place. Maintain appropriate glucose levels, and adhere to a diet and exercise program. Make sure that your shoes fit too, to avoid problem-causing friction.
Sometimes we take better care of our cars than we do ourselves, but remember: a car can be replaced, your feet cannot. Regular diabetic care is a must to keep your feet, and the rest of you, healthy. If you find a foot sore, don’t hesitate to call (803) 285-1411 in Lancaster or (803) 548-FEET in Fort Mill. Brandon Percival, DPM, Julie Percival, DPM, and William Harris IV, DPM can provide the wound care you need.