Winning Against Wounds
If you have diabetes, you may have already learned that you are more likely to develop sores and non-healing wounds, which may also lead to ulcers. Keeping up with all of the information and advice can be challenging at times, but the team at Westfield Foot and Ankle, LLC is on your side. Dr. David Sullivan is a certified wound specialist.
If you have diabetes, here are three ways to increase your chances of winning against wounds:
Check-in with your podiatrist
We suggest that you keep your feet clean and dry, and we also encourage you to look closely at your feet each day. However, having an extra pair of eyes can help with discovery. Don’t be a stranger at your podiatrist’s office. Schedule appointments regularly so that a podiatrist can look at your feet, answer any questions, and spot issues early.
Update your support team
Are you in pain? Tell someone. Have you noticed something new or different about your feet? Ask a friend or family member to take a look. You are not alone as you journey with diabetes, and keeping your support team in the loop can be very helpful. Early detection of wounds helps with an early treatment; delayed treatment can lead to infection and other complications.
Walk this way
Wearing the right pair of shoes is one of the many ways you can lower your risk for complications like non-healing wounds. Find shoes that leave the right amount of wiggle room — they’re not too loose, and they’re not too tight. Here’s a tip: Buy your shoes toward the end of the day. During this part of the day, your feet are their largest.
If you discover a wound, regardless of the size, don’t delay in contacting a podiatrist. If you live in Westfield, IN, or the Hamilton County area, Dr. David Sullivan has the expertise to walk you through the next steps of treatment and recovery. He and his team can answer your questions. Schedule a visit today or call (317) 896-6655.