Diabetes Awareness Month
According to the CDC, in the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with Diabetes has more than doubled. 34.2 million adults suffer with Diabetes.
It is the 7th leading cause of death.
Life time risk of developing a foot ulcer for someone with Diabetes is 25%. These ulcers have an increased risk of infection and can lead to possible amputation.
Diabetics have the increased potential to develop “Neuropathy”, which is a reduced, or complete lack of ability, to feel pain in the feet due to nerve damage, usually caused by elevated blood glucose levels over time.
Neuropathy is the cause for approximately 45-60% of all diabetic foot ulcers.
Ulcers form due to a combination of factors, such as decreased sensation, poor vascular circulation, foot deformities, friction or pressure and trauma.
At St. Francis Wound Care Center they are able to help decrease the chance of infection, assist with proper offloading shoes, prescribe medications and or debridement that will assist in removing possibly infected tissue or if severe, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Diabetic foot ulcers ARE preventable:
(1) be followed on a regular basis by Podiatrist
(2) tight control of blood glucose levels
(3) inspect feet daily for sores, cracks, bruises, check between toes
(4) wear proper fitting shoes
(5) NEVER go barefoot.