Prairie Orthopaedic provides care for post-surgery wounds, diabetes-related wounds, and other open sores. It’s important to receive professional care for any lower extremity wounds to help prevent infection.
Prairie Orthopaedic will treat your post-surgery wounds throughout the healing process. We will inform you on how to care for the wound, and monitor it through check-ups.
Diabetic foot ulcers affect 15 percent of people with diabetes. It’s common for people with diabetes to develop wounds or ulcers that are slow to heal. The longer a wound exists, the more likely it is to become infected. Infections caused by these painful sores can eventually lead to foot amputation.
Diabetes causes blood glucose levels to remain chronically high, which impairs white blood cell functioning and hinders the body’s ability to fight off bacteria. In addition, poor blood circulation caused by diabetes makes it difficult for the white blood cells to travel throughout the limbs. The combination of uncontrolled glucose levels and poor circulation has a hindering effect on nerves in the feet. People with diabetes may be less likely to notice when they receive a cut or wound on their foot due to this nerve damage–it’s hard to treat a wound when it goes unnoticed–and the body will struggle to fight off bacteria that enter the wound. All of these factors make the feet highly susceptible to bacterial infections.
People with diabetes should wash and inspect their feet on a daily basis to notice any wounds. If a wound is being problematic, stop into Prairie Orthopaedic.