Caring for a Loved One with Diabetic Wounds

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June is National Wound Healing Awareness Month, and at Westfield Foot and Ankle, we’re observing the month by focusing on special tips for healing diabetic wounds and sores on the feet. Diabetes is a common and manageable disease, but doing so requires a lot of care. As with most things, it’s easier to get by when you have help. If someone you love has or is at risk of developing diabetic wounds or sores, here are some ways you can help take care of them.

Listen

Good listening skills are a cornerstone of any relationship, romantic or otherwise. When you’re listening to your loved one with diabetes, make sure you’re looking out for signs that could be associated with wound risks, such as:

  • “My feet hurt” – Sore feet are more than a small complaint about diabetics. They could be indicative of a potential wound. Help them find a way to get off their feet and make sure they’re wearing their custom orthotics.

  • “This bandage is soaked” – Keeping a clean bandage is crucial to preventing infection. If you hear your loved one say this, help them change their dressing.

Carry Some of the Load

If your loved one develops a wound, they will need to avoid putting weight on the affected foot to help it heal. They will need to use crutches or a wheelchair to get around for a while. If their foot doctor assigns a wheelchair, you can help by pushing them to comfortable places in public spaces. If they are given crutches, you can lighten the load by carrying their bag that stores the glucose monitor, insulin pump, and snacks with a low glycemic index.

Attend Trips to the Podiatrist

If you’re looking for more ways to care for your diabetic loved one, the best place to learn is in their podiatrist’s office. If your loved one has developed a wound, nothing will help more than assisting them in making an appointment. If you are located in Westfield, IN, or the surrounding Hamilton County area, see certified wound specialist, Dr. David R. Sullivan. He’ll work with you and your loved one to make sure you both have the necessary tools to heal the wound. Make an appointment online or call (317) 896-6655 today.