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Four Kinds of Wounds on the Feet

An open wound on the feet can have serious complications, especially for diabetic patients. A wound is a break in body tissue generally involving the skin. Wounds can fall into four categories, which are determined by the cause. Rubbing the skin on a hard or rough surface can be referred to as abrasion. An abrasion requires prompt cleaning which may help to prevent an infection from developing. A laceration happens from a deep tear or cut in the skin. This type of wound may be accompanied by extensive bleeding. A puncture wound can be caused by a pointy object, such as a needle. These kinds of wounds generally have limited bleeding, despite possible damage to internal organs. If the skin becomes partly or completely torn, this is known as an avulsion. A wound of this type can be common in accidents. If you have a wound on your foot, it is suggested that you confer with a chiropodist who can determine the best course of treatment for you.

Wound care is the process of treating and preventing wounds on the feet. This is especially important if you have diabetes, as diabetic foot wounds are common and can lead to serious complications when left untreated. To learn more about proper wound care, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Why Is Wound Care Important for Diabetics?

While wound care is important for maintaining the health of your feet, it is especially important for people with diabetes. This is because diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation, causing foot wounds to heal very slowly or not to heal at all. Diabetics also frequently suffer from neuropathy or nerve loss. This means no matter how big or little the wound, they might not feel it on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. This is why it is imperative that diabetics complete daily foot checks.

Wound Care Basics

The best way to care for wounds is to prevent them in the first place. It is recommended that people with diabetes perform a daily examination of their feet to locate cuts, scrapes, sores, or wounds. Early detection allows for ample time to treat the wounds and prevent further complications. If you notice a wound at home, you can clean it using water, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover the wound with a clean bandage. Seeing a chiropodist, who can examine your feet thoroughly and treat any existing wounds, can also help you maintain proper foot health. 

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

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