April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and a time when the experts at Rome Memorial Hospital’s Regional Center for Wound Care suggest people take a moment to stand up for their feet.
Right now, 6.7 million Americans are living with a chronic wound, and more than two million of those are suffering from a diabetic foot ulcer.
The Wound Center treats chronic foot and leg wounds that are often caused by underlying conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease. Are your feet at risk? Some of the primary risk factors for wounds of the feet include: neuropathy, deformity of the foot, history of foot ulceration, absent or diminished pulses and prior amputation.
“The statistics are truly startling when you realize that about 60 percent of non-traumatic limb amputations are performed on people living with diabetes,” said Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Fields.
There are preventative measures everyone can do to improve foot health, Fields added. She offers the following foot care tips:
- Check your feet for red spots, cuts, swelling, blisters, sores or other injuries daily.
- Wash your feet every day and dry them with care, especially between the toes.
- Trim your toenails as needed after you’ve washed and dried your feet.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that do not rub or pinch your feet.
- Always wear socks or stockings with your shoes, and never walk barefoot or while wearing just socks.
Physical activity can help increase circulation in your feet. Consult your health care team to see which physical activity is right for you.
Take off your socks at your next check-up, and alert your doctor to any problems with your feet. Proper wound care is imperative to healing diabetic foot ulcers.
The Regional Center for Wound Care offers a number of leading-edge treatments including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Total Contact Casting (TCC), and Negative Pressure Wound Therapy. These specialized wound care therapies can aid in wound closure, new tissue growth, wound tissue regeneration and much more.
To speak with Fields, or for more information about the Regional Center for Wound Care and available treatment options, call 315-338-7540.
The center is located at 267 Hill Road in the Griffiss Professional Complex, Griffiss Business and Technology Park.