OSWEGO – The Center for Wound Healing at Oswego Health is raising awareness of diabetes-related wounds as part of the Healogics 8th Annual Diabetes Awareness Campaign.
Throughout November, the Center for Wound Healing will educate the local community about the importance of awareness, early intervention and specialized care for diabetes-related chronic wounds, like diabetic foot ulcers. Local team members will also visit healthcare providers in surrounding areas to provide important information to help at-risk patients living with diabetes. These resources include the 2021 Diabetes Awareness Infographic and posters designed to encourage patients to take off their socks and shoes for foot exams at every appointment.
There are 34.2 million people in the United States currently living with diabetes. And, 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.
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 Center for Wound Healing recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:
· Stop smoking immediately;
· Comprehensive foot examinations each time people visit their healthcare provider (at least four times a year);
· Examine feet every day or have a family member inspect them;
· Take good care of feet and clean toenails;
· See a healthcare provider to care for corns and calluses;
· Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks); and
· Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier and exercising regularly.
Contact the Center for Wound Healing at Oswego Health to learn more about diabetic foot ulcers or if people have a wound that will not heal. No referral necessary. To schedule an appointment, call 315-326-3780 or visit www.oswegohealth.org.