What to Know About Chronic Wounds: Diabetes and Amputation Prevention

What to Know About Chronic Wounds: Diabetes and Amputation Prevention

Be aware. Intervene early. Seek specialized care. 65,000 people lose a limb each year due to diabetes. 55% of diabetics will require amputation on the second leg within 2-3 years and nearly half will die within 5 years. Over 2 million people have a diabetic foot ulcer. 85% of diabetes related amputations are preceded by…

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Drawing a Line from Foot Health to Chronic Wounds

The foot and lower leg are common locations of sores, ulcers and chronic wounds. Keep an eye on any sore, cut or scrape on the foot that is not healing as expected.

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Skin Care and Wound Healing

Skin Care Do’s Check your skin daily for dryness, cracks, sores, bruises, reddened areas, and blisters. Have someone help you or check for you if you are unable to do it yourself. Treat the skin gently without stretching, tugging or pulling on it unnecessarily. Cleanse the skin with a mild, pH-balanced product. Use warm to…

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General Foot Care Guidelines

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Living with Diabetes: What to know about chronic wounds and recurrence

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Caring for Your Ulcers

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Wound Debridement

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