Prevention of Diabetic Wounds
How Can I Prevent Diabetic Wounds From Occurring Again?
Discharge Instructions: Diabetic Wounds
- Never go barefoot, indoors or outdoors. (You may not feel an injury to your feet if it occurs.)
- Inspect your feet daily. Use a mirror and check for any wounds, redness or skin cracks. Make sure to inspect between toes. (If you have vision problems, ask a family member or friend to look at your feet for you.)
- Wash your feet daily. Test the water with your forearm to make sure it isn't too hot. Dry your feet completely after washing.
- Do not soak your feet unless your physician tells you to.
- Avoid exposing your feet to extreme temperatures.
- Moisturize your legs and feet daily to avoid skin cracks. Do not get lotion between your toes.
- Avoid activities that might cause injury to your legs and feet.
- The first thing to go into your shoe each morning is your hand.
- Check for any object that could injure your foot.
- Do not wear tight fitting shoes.
- Make sure there is plenty of room for your toes.
- If you have abnormally shaped feet, ask your physician about specially made shoes or orthotics.
- Never wear new shoes more than 2 hours at a time.
- Wear clean cotton socks with smooth seams or no seams.
Eat well-balanced meals:
- Keep your blood sugar at the level your physician recommends.
- Report abnormal blood sugar levels to your Primary Care Physician immediately.
- Do not smoke. (Smoking narrows blood vessels and decreases circulation to your feet.)
- Follow Up with your physician:
- Have toenails trimmed by your Podiatrist regularly.
- Keep appointments with your Endocrinologist/Primary Care Physician.
Call the Wound Clinic if your wound reopens or new wounds occur. If you have any other questions about your follow up care or these instructions, call us at 508-248-6780.