Diabetic Wound Care
Foot problems are very common in people with diabetes and can lead to serious complications.
- When diabetes is not regulated the blood glucose or blood sugar levels are too high and over time this can damage nerves or blood vessels.
- Nerve damage from diabetes can lead to neuropathy, which causes loss of sensation on the bottom of the feet.
- Losing sensation in the foot can lead to foot injuries, as individuals may not feel a cut, a blister or a sore in their feet.
- These injuries can cause diabetic foot ulcers, infections, and, in serious cases, even amputation.
- Damage to the blood vessels can also mean that the affected feet do not get enough blood and oxygen, which will affect healing of a wound in your feet if you get a sore or infection.
Our team of wound care nurses are high qualified in diabetic foot ulcer treatment and provide guidance to help you keep up with your diabetic foot care.
- Our team provides foot examinations (monofilament test) to identify numbness in your foot that affects the sensation and results in foot trauma.
- We make recommendations based on risk to develop foot problems (e.g., appropriate footwear, orthotics, etc.).
- Our experts make referrals to foot care specialist when deemed necessary.
- We provide foot care education and help our clients to gain knowledge, skills and confidence to implement daily foot self-care actions.
- We engage our clients in foot self-care practices to prevent the development of future foot or nail issues.
- Our collaborative approach ensures individuals and their caregivers have a chance to express their needs, concerns and preferences.
Here are some recommendations to add do your daily routine for prevention of diabetic foot ulcers:
- Control your blood sugar level
- Check your feet every day, even if they feel okay
- Have monofilament test at least 1x/year
- Wash and dry your feet and bettween your toes daily
- Keep the skin hydrated and smooth with an appropriate moisturizer cream
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks at all times
- Protect your feet from trauma by never walking barefoot
- Protect your feet from hot and cold
- If you cannot see, reach, and feel your feet, use a mirror or ask a friend or family member to do so
- Visit a foot care nurse often to provide foot and nails care for you
- See your primary practitioner and ask a referral to a wound care specialist if you have a cut or blister that won’t heal in a week.