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Published on October 01, 2012

Wound prevention helps diabetics live better

Diabetes interferes with the body’s healing processes, so even a small wound can be a big problem for diabetics. Learning to prevent diabetic wounds—particularly on the feet—is crucial for maintaining a good quality of life.

“In the U.S., approximately 25 percent of adults will develop foot problems related to diabetes and more than 60 percent of non-traumatic lower limb amputations occur in people with diabetes,” explains Linda Keller-Doyle, PTA, MS, program coordinator for the dually-accredited Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. “In our Diabetes Self-Management course, we spend time talking about reducing the risk of wounds, especially on the feet.”

Here are some of the most important things diabetics should know:

  • Check your feet daily. Diabetics often lose sensation in their feet, so you may not notice cuts or abrasions.
  • Wear appropriate closed-toed shoes and socks at all times. Never go barefoot, even at home. Most insurance companies pay for diabetic shoes, which can be a big help
  • Keep your feet dry. Moisture, especially underneath and between your toes, can break down skin.
  • Get prompt medical attention for any wound. Even small wounds can quickly get out of control.

Take the Class

To sign up for the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Mercy Fitzgerald, please call 610.237.4192

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