Diabetic wound and foot care is vital to prevent complications like ulcers, infected wounds, gangrene, and amputation. Wound care specialist Wayne Rash, DPM, of Anaheim Wound Care in Anaheim, California, provides comprehensive diabetic foot care and expert treatment of any ulcers that develop when you have diabetes. To benefit from Dr. Rash’s expertise in diabetic wound and foot care, call Anaheim Wound Care today or book an appointment online.
Diabetic wound and foot care are vital services for anyone with diabetes. High levels of glucose in your blood caused by diabetes affect your feet in two main ways. First, they damage the blood vessels, which affects your circulation. Second, they cause nerve damage or diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy results in pain, tingling, and burning sensations in the feet but can also cause numbness. If you damage your foot, you might be unaware of the injury because of the numbness, and fail to treat it properly. Any break in your skin can also lead to an ulcer developing — an open wound that’s resistant to healing and likely to get infected.
Infected ulcers can lead to gangrene, where the tissue dies. Severe gangrene might result in amputation to prevent further limb damage. Diabetic foot and wound care helps you avoid ulcers and their potentially devastating consequences.
Regular diabetic foot checks involve Dr. Rash examining your feet carefully for any cuts or damage. He can ensure the injury is clean, free of infection, and properly dressed to reduce the risk of an ulcer developing.
Dr. Rash also treats conditions that increase your vulnerability to ulcers, such as fungal toenails and Athlete’s foot. He can trim corns and calluses and cut your toenails correctly to keep your feet comfortable and prevent problems like ingrown toenails. Dr. Rash also provides expert care for diabetic foot ulcers if they develop.
Diabetic wound care is a specialty within podiatry that is far more complex than dealing with a typical cut or scrape. First, the wound undergoes cleansing and debridement, a process where Dr. Rash removes all dead or infected tissue.
After this preparation, you might require one or more of the following treatments:
Dr. Rash also uses advanced diagnostics like real-time bacterial fluorescence imaging to assess the levels of bacteria in your wounds.
To find out how you can benefit from diabetic wound and foot care, call Anaheim Wound Care today and schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.