Have You Healed Your Foot Wound yet?
This quick video that gives an overview of the 9 steps involved in wound healing. This introduction video is a nice overview of the steps to wound healing in simple language.
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Diabetes Is Dangerous!
When you have diabetes you are at greater risk of getting eye, kidney and foot problems. Since I am a podiatrist I will talk to you about the foot problems that can happen with diabetes. I know you probably don’t want to hear about them but there is much misinformation about diabetes and feet. Also, there are many scary websites offering abundant information about diabetes.
How do you know what to trust?
I hope to offer you helpful information to answer you most common questions about diabetes and your feet. As well I won’t show you any gory picture unless I warn you.
Read on to learn about me!
Who is Dr. Donald Pelto
I am a podiatrist and see on average 5-10 patients with foot wounds in my office on a weekly basis. To become a podiatrist I went to 4 years of college, 4 years of podiatric medical school and 3 years of residency. I don’t only treat foot wounds but it is a big part of my job. I may never be your doctor but hope to give you some insight today.
What I struggle with just like every other doctor around is not enough time with my patients. So much information to pass on to them and not enough time in our 15-30 minutes blocks of time in my schedule. I hope to pass on helpful information to your most common questions. The most important one is below…
Will I loose my foot?
This is what you really want to know, isn’t it? Will you have an amputation because of the wound on your foot? I can not say for sure all I can tell you is what some research says.
Here are a few statistic:
- 15-25% of people with diabetes will get a foot ulcer or wound in their lifetime
- Amputation happens 10-30 times more frequently in people with diabetes than the general population
- 85% of amputations happen after a foot ulceration
Stated simply if you have a foot wound you are at greater risk to have an amputation.
The purpose of this is not to scare you if you have diabetes but to show that ulcers if not healed can lead to amputations. That is a big problem for you, your family, your doctor and the healthcare system in general.
What to do now?
How do I get my foot wound healed?
Up to this point you may say all I need to do is heal my foot wound. But you may be unsure of some things such as what caused it in the first place and what you can do to heal it as quickly as possible.
You don’t want an open wound on your foot because it:
- reduces your quality of life
- makes you miss time from work
- is frustrating
- is a concern if it becomes infected
- costs you money due to bandages and doctors visits
Many people with foot wounds just think that it will get better on its own. You may think that and you may be right BUT you may be wrong as well.
If you are wrong a little blister or wound on your foot can lead to a much more sever problem if it becomes infected or if it becomes larger.
The Wound Care Team
Let me introduce you to the team that works with people with foot wounds. You may have one of these or all of them. But getting a team together usually goes in this order.
Most people with a foot wound go first to their primary care doctor as they are part of the team.
If the wound stays open you may be sent to a podiatrist or a wound care center.
You may have to get some tests like x-rays and a radiologist will read them.
If you have poor blood flow circulatory studies will be evaluated by a vascular surgeon.
A wound evaluation is done by an infectious disease doctor who will recommend antibiotics.
If you have a wound for a long time you may even have a visiting nurse dress your wound at home.
Once the wound is healed a pedorthist will make special shoes for you.
This all can be a confusing process and is new to you. You are scared, unsure and confused about all the information.
Bringing Clarity to Healing
Your Foot Wound
As I mentioned in the beginning I am probably not your podiatrist but as you can see it is hard to explain all the parts of wound care and the whole process during a 15 minute doctor’s visit. I have a hard time and your doctor probably has a hard time.
Doctors are rushed
For the most part doctors, nurses and wound care centers have many patients. They treat the same thing over and over again and get great results. But this is the first wound you have had.
Confusion Brings Fear
You may be confused and not know what to expect. You may not know what is important to do. You may be frustrated why you wound is taking weeks, months or even years to heal.
You may have had an infection that got better but the wound is still open. Your foot may have a bad odor and you can’t shower right because of the dressing. Or you may even need surgery to remove the infected skin and bone and now you are left with a wound that is slow to heal.
Too much information online
The computer is a great resource and if you can’t get the information from your doctor you probably go to a friend or Dr. Google for answers. Be careful what you look at.
If you do a Google search for diabetes and wound you probably get some scary pictures that look nothing like your foot. You probably read differing opinions and learn about many different products that guarantee to help your foot wound to heal.
You don’t need more confusion. You don’t need more information. You need to know what you expect. That is why I put together this information.
From the get go I want to you know that I am a doctor. I have my own patients to take care of and see people with these types of foot wounds daily. I am not trying to sell a quick fix because there is not one. But I know it can be confusing and frustrating not having enough information or having too much information that is not well organized. It doesn’t tell the whole story.
I Can Help Clear the Confusion
KISS (Keep It Super Simple!)
The 4 Reasons
I like to make things easy for you to understand. I do that all day long with my patients and want to give you an easy to understand explanation. I would like to share with you the big 4 reasons why wounds don’t heal and consequently what you can do to heal your wound faster.
These four pearls of wisdom were shared with me in residency by one of my attending doctors. He instructed me when we performed surgery in the middle of the night on patients with infected foot wounds that had been open for a long time.
We were both tired after a long day and had to still help patients with infections. Then after the surgery we had to get those difficult wounds healed.
You may not have an infected foot wound that needs surgery. But if they helped those patients they will help you with your first foot wound.
Don’t you agree?
These are simple tips but they are hard to obey.
If you do them most wounds (but not all) will heal.
***This Is Very Important***
I have to let you know most people are not able to do them on your own.
That is why these tips are not permission or a replacement to seeing your doctors.
You may still need to see the list of doctors below.
- Primary Care Physicians
- Vascular Surgeon
- Infectious Disease Doctor
- Wound Care Center
Knowledge vs Action
The big barrier for most patients is that they know what to do but they need help.
These tips have worked for many people during my years as a podiatrist for healing their foot wounds and I want to share them with you.
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Healing Your Foot Wound Fast
In this guide I explain the 4 main reasons foot wounds don’t heal and give you practical educational advice.
You can use these tips even if you see a podiatrist or go to a wound care center as they are foundations to healing any foot wound fast.
This is not medical advise but informational and if you have redness, pain, infection or you have not been seen by a foot doctor I advise you to see someone for your foot wound
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To your health,
Dr. Donald Pelto
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