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

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