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4 Ways to Practice Diabetic Ulcer Management

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Diabetic Ulcer ManagementWhen you live in a place as exciting as the Sacramento area, there’s just things you have to do. After all, it’s the capital of California! It’s like when you have diabetes—there are things you just have to do to stay healthy. Diabetic ulcer management is one of the most important. If you have an open wound on your foot, there are proper steps you need to take.

First and foremost, seek podiatric care right away. You should never wait around when there’s an open sore on your foot. That’s just asking for an infection.  McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group has same-day care for injuries that, in order to prevent contamination and amputation, require prompt treatment.

Second, stay off of the area. Talk with our doctors about bearing weight on the wound. Most likely, we’ll recommend that you keep all weight off the area as much as you can for the first few weeks. When you walk on the ulcer, you irritate it, which will interfere with its healing and take it longer to close.

Third, keep your wound clean. Dr. Brian McDowell and Dr. Gavin P. Ripp will initially take care of this with dead skin and tissue removal, but they will give you some specific home care instructions that you’ll need to follow in order to speed up the healing process. One of these home care duties will involve cleaning the wound. Bandages, wound dressings, and the application of topical medication may be required to heal your ulcer. The wound must also be re-covered after cleaning to protect the area from any bacteria.

Last but not least, manage your blood sugar. Keeping your blood sugar levels under tight control is critical during this time. This will help improve circulation to your feet. More blood flow means more beneficial nutrients and oxygen being circulated to the area to help with healing.

Diabetic ulcer management is essential to staying healthy, and the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group in Carmichael, CA can help. If we treat your neuropathy, we may even be able to prevent ulcers from happening in the first place. Visit the Foot and Ankle Centers for the Care of Neuropathy at our office by calling (916) 961-3434.

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Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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