Diabetic Foot Wounds
Approximately 17 million people in the United States have diabetes. Fifteen per cent of those with diabetes will develop at least one foot wound. The leading risk factor for developing a wound is having had a previous wound. Other factors that contribute to the development of the diabetic foot wounds are peripheral neuropathy, vascular disease, foot deformity and infection.
The goals of our wound clinic team include teaching the patients and their families about:
- Understanding their specific wound care dressing change program
- Preventing further injury by doing daily foot checks and care.
- Monitoring their blood sugars to keep the values in the optimum range for wound healing.
- Wearing proper footwear for relieving pressure on the wound so it will heal.
The Penrose-St. Francis Wound Clinic uses Total Contact Casting to assist in "off loading", a technique that helps heal foot wounds more quickly. Our average healing rate is 78 days (compared to 80 days based on data from 305 wound centers in the U.S.)
Learn more about our diabetes program at Advanced Care in Endocrinology & Diabetes.
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