Transfer Ulcers

Here is a patient of mine who developed a transfer wound after having a portion of the 4th metatarsal head region removed.  This moved over to the 3rd metatarsal head.   Check out this episode

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Gas Gangrene

Here is some general information about gas gangrene. Check out this episode

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Step 6 – Wound Debridement and Surgery

STEP 6: Wound Debridement and Surgery: Any callus and bad tissue covering your wound needs to be ‘debrided’ or removed because this can prevent your wound from healing. Don’t remove any skin or tissue yourself! Visit a doctor so this can be done in a clean environment with the right tools. Calluses and corns need to…

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Step 9 – Preventing Recurrence and Other Complications

STEP 9: Preventing Recurrence and Other Complications: So you’ve managed to heal your foot wound fast. What happens now? Well, you want to prevent another wound because once you’ve had a wound, you’re more likely to get another one. Here are some tips on what to do now: Continue to check your feet daily! Get a…

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Step 8 – Shoes and Off-Loading

STEP 8: Shoes and Off-Loading: You really shouldn’t be walking a lot if you have a foot wound. Track how much you’re walking, even at home. You’d be surprised to learn how much you walk around your house. Here are some tips about how to take pressure off your wound: Ask your doctor about special shoes/devices…

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Step 7 – Wound Dressings and Grafts

STEP 7: Wound Dressings and Grafts: If you have a wound, it should really be covered with dressings to protect and pad the wound. There are a lot of different dressings out there, so here are some tips on which dressing may be right for you: A thin clear film on your wound is biofilm. It’s…

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Step 5 – Nerves and Sensation

STEP 5: Nerves and Sensation: Pain is a gift because it’s our body’s warning signal that something is wrong. A lack of pain sensation, also called neuropathy, is dangerous for diabetics. Here are some things to know about your sensation: Being able to experience pain is a good thing High blood sugar can make nerves swell…

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Step 4 – Bone and Pressure Evaluation

STEP 4: Bone and Pressure Evaluation: Bony prominences on our feet can be pressure areas when we walk and pressure areas = possible future wound. Here are some things that cause wounds: Bony prominences! This includes bunions and hammertoes. Calluses and corns are areas of bony prominences and these are bad A tight heel cord forces…

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STEP 4 – Bone and Pressure Evaluation

STEP 4: Bone and Pressure Evaluation: Bony prominences on our feet can be pressure areas when we walk and pressure areas = possible future wound. Here are some things that cause wounds: Bony prominences! This includes bunions and hammertoes. Calluses and corns are areas of bony prominences and these are bad A tight heel cord forces…

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STEP 5: Nerves and Sensation

STEP 5: Nerves and Sensation: Pain is a gift because it’s our body’s warning signal that something is wrong. A lack of pain sensation, also called neuropathy, is dangerous for diabetics. Here are some things to know about your sensation: Being able to experience pain is a good thing High blood sugar can make nerves swell…

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