If you have Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes, you’re at risk of developing diabetic wounds. Although common, diabetic wounds can lead to serious complications, negatively affecting your mobility and quality of life. At Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas, wound care specialists Ashley Huddleston, MD, Autumn Savage, DO, CWS-P, and the team offer holistic, synergistic treatment for diabetic wounds. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.
Diabetic wounds are slow-healing sores that develop on the bottom of your heels, feet, or toes. About 6% of people who experience a diabetic wound require hospitalization or experience other, more serious health problems.
Diabetic foot wounds precede 85% of diabetes-related amputations. If you have diabetes and notice a wound, it’s important to seek professional medical help right away.
Anyone with diabetes can experience a diabetic wound, but they’re especially common in Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and older men. You’re also more likely to experience a diabetic foot wound if you:
The length of time you’ve had diabetes also plays a role. The longer you have high blood sugar, the more likely you are to experience permanent nerve damage. This negatively affects feeling in your lower extremities, so you can cut or injure yourself and not realize it.
The symptoms of diabetic wounds vary depending on the location and severity. Common indications include:
As a diabetic wound grows larger, you might also notice a foul odor coming from it.
To diagnose diabetic wounds, the team at Wound Evolution conducts a physical exam, asks you about your symptoms and lifestyle, and reviews your medical history.
During your exam, your provider carefully observes your feet, toes, and ankles looking for tissue damage, redness, or flaky skin. Most diabetic wounds are visible to the naked eye, so it’s easy to make a diagnosis on observation alone.
If your provider suspects you have a bone infection, they might also order X-rays or an MRI.
Treatment of diabetic foot wounds usually begins with a process called off-loading. This requires you to wear special footgear or a brace, or use a wheelchair or crutches. Taking pressure off your foot reduces irritation and swelling, allowing your body’s natural healing to take place.
Your provider might also recommend compression therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, wound debridement, or topical treatments like bioengineered skin grafts.
Don’t let diabetic wounds keep you sidelined. To schedule an appointment at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, call or book online today.