Diabetic Wound Care
The skin is a barrier to the outside world shielding the fragile organs from numerous infections, pollutions, and extremes of temperature. Any injury to the body can damage underlying tissues of the skin.
A wound is an injury involving an external or internal break in body tissue, caused by accidents with sharp objects or falls, and required immediate medical care. In other words, wound infection is the presence of bacteria or other organisms, which lead to a host reaction.
Many types of wounds can damage the skin including scrapes, cuts, rupture wounds, breaks, and penetrating wounds. Some of them are superficial and need immediate care including cleansing and bandage. Some are severe and take time to heal. The major causes of such wounds can include significant traumatic injury to the skin, cuts made during operations, deep burns, being immobile, or various underlying medical conditions or specific types of infection.
Wounds are painful. Severe pain and uneasiness caused by wound infection can result in hypoxia which impairs wound healing and escalates infection rates.
Moreover, numerous medical studies have proved that a covered wound heals faster than an uncovered wound. The reason is simple… the scab, although it closes off the wound and protects it from infection, actually slows down the growth of new skin cells in to cover the wound. On the other hand, leaving a wound uncovered may dry out new surface cells and increase pain.
Diabetic wound care treatment at Empire Foot & Ankle
In spite of great advances in technological inventions and the rise of treatments for wounds, it’s actually perplexing to heal open-wounds on your own. Numerous non-surgical treatment options and drugs have been introduced to aid such wounds.
In the case of severe or painful wounds, you should consult a doctor in order to avoid infection and further complications. The professional can determine the degree of your wound. The doctor may use wound debridement to take out debris, dead skin and burns. He will also determine the best wound dressing option. The proper medical care can prevent infection, and loss of function to underlying structures like bone and nerves, and other complications
At Empire Foot & Ankle, we are comprised of Wound Care Specialists and Diabetic Wound Care Experts who focus on evaluating and treating wounds. Our specialists use direct pressure and elevation to cure swelling and control blood loss. With access to cutting-edge technology and the training for wound care, they can help you determine the best treatment.