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Foot Ulcers From Neuropathy

Neuropathy, a condition often associated with diabetes but not exclusive to it, refers to nerve damage that can result in loss of sensation in the feet. Non-diabetic foot wounds stemming from neuropathy occur due to the inability to perceive pain or pressure, leading to unnoticed injuries that can worsen into ulcers. Without proper sensation, individuals may continue walking on injured feet, exacerbating the wounds. Podiatrists play an important role in managing these ulcers by conducting thorough assessments to determine the extent of damage, implementing preventive measures to alleviate pressure on affected areas, and initiating treatment plans tailored to individual needs. This may involve wound care, infection management, offloading techniques to reduce pressure on the wound site, and patient education on foot care practices to prevent further complications. If you have a foot wound of any type, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for immediate treatment.

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 Brandon M. Zuklie, DPM from New Jersey. 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 offices located in Piscataway, Jamesburg, and Branchburg, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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