Do you have a foot sore that is slow to heal?
First and foremost, prevention is key.
(1) identification of the at-risk foot.
(2) regular inspection and examination of the at-risk foot.
(3) education of patient, family and healthcare providers.
(4) the routine wearing of appropriate footwear.
(5) treatment of pre-ulcerative signs.
If you find yourself with a foot ulcer, it is vital to seek immediate care. There are seven key elements that highlight ulcer treatment:
(1) relief of pressure and protection of the ulcer.
(2) restoration of skin perfusion.
(3) treatment of infection.
(4) metabolic control and treatment of co-morbidity.
(5) local wound care.
(6) education for patient and relatives.
(7) prevention of recurrence.
Finally, successful efforts to prevent and manage foot problems in diabetes depend upon a well-organized team, using a holistic approach in which the ulcer is seen as a sign of multi-organ disease, and integrating the various disciplines involved. This is why all Diabetics should have a foot exam at least one time per year at a Minimum