Rome Health reminds those with diabetes to examine their feet daily

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If you are one of the 13.6% of county residents that live with diabetes, checking your feet for early signs of skin breakdown should be part of your daily routine, recommends Rome Health Wound Care Center Specialist Jennifer Fields.

Fields is board certified as a diplomate by the American Board of Wound Management.

As part of the November Diabetes Awareness Month, the Wound Care Center is emphasizing the importance of awareness, early intervention and specialized care for diabetes-related chronic wounds, like diabetic foot ulcers. 

Diabetes-related wounds are a leading cause of limb loss, accounting for 65,000 amputations annually. Early detection and specialized care from a Wound Care Center can reduce healing times and significantly reduce the risk of amputation. 

“High blood sugar can damage the nerves in your legs and feet so you may not be aware of a problem developing,” Fields explained. “Typically, people seek treatment when they feel pain or discomfort, but if you have diabetic neuropathy and can’t feel a wound start to develop, it can go south very quickly. That’s why it’s important to examine your feet daily.”

Risk factors for diabetes include age, diet, activity level, obesity and heredity. Factors that may increase the risks of developing a chronic wound, such as a diabetic foot ulcer, include high blood sugar levels, poor circulation, immune system issues and nerve damage. The Rome Health Wound Care Center recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:

Stop smoking immediately.

Comprehensive foot examinations each time you visit your health care provider (at least four times a year).

Examine your feet every day or have a family member inspect them.

Take good care of your feet and clean your toenails.

See your health care provider to care for corns and calluses.

Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks).

Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier and exercising regularly.

Proper wound care is imperative to healing diabetic foot ulcers. If you have a chronic wound that won’t heal, contact the Rome Health Wound Care Center at 315-338-7540 to schedule an appointment. The center is located at 267 Avery Lane in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park.

The Rome Health Wound Care Center offers a number of leading-edge treatments including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Total Contact Casting (TCC), Biologic Skin Substitutes, and Negative Pressure Wound Therapy. These specialized wound care therapies can aid in wound closure, new tissue growth, wound tissue regeneration and much more. 

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