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Offloading for Foot Wounds

Pressure on the foot causes 90 percent of foot sores in diabetic patients. To heal these sores, it is necessary to reduce the pressure. Offloading in the context of foot wounds refers to the process of reducing or redistributing pressure away from a specific area of the foot that has a wound or is at risk of developing one. By offloading, the affected area gets relief, which allows it to heal without being constantly subjected to pressure or friction. This is especially critical for individuals with diabetes, as they may have neuropathy and might not feel pain from a developing wound. Methods for offloading include using specialized footwear, casts, orthotics, and padding. The goal is to protect the wound, give it the best environment to heal, and prevent further complications. If you have diabetes and suffer from foot sores, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can evaluate your condition and make appropriate treatment recommendations.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Charles Passet, DPM from Forest Hills. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Forest Hills, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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