House Call: Wiggle Your Toes for Life — Diabetes
Individuals with diabetes are more likely to suffer from foot injury or foot wounds, commonly referred to as diabetic ulcers.
This is because diabetics often suffer from neuropathy, which is damage to a single nerve or nerve group resulting in loss of movement, sensation, or other function of the nerve. In this case, diabetics may not feel the pain associated with foot injuries or wounds, therefore the condition may continue to get worse without notice.
There are many ways for diabetic patients to prevent serious foot wounds or diabetic ulcers. These methods include daily foot inspections (checking the top and bottom of the feet), having your physician check your feet at every examination, avoiding applying lotion between the toes and always drying between them, wearing proper shoes, maintaining good blood sugar control, trimming toenails straight across, and being sure to notify your doctor if you notice any swelling or redness.
Any wound that has not started to heal within two weeks or has not completely healed within six weeks may benefit from treatment at a specialized wound care center. Fortunately, Cone Health Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center has an exceptional wound care management team dedicated to providing individualized, comprehensive treatment to diabetic and other patients suffering from chronic, non-healing wounds throughout the community.
Sam Adams is the program director at Cone Health Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center. He has served in the position for over a year, after moving to this area from Raleigh, N.C. Sam earned his Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare administration from Pfeiffer University in May of 2011.