How to Care for Diabetic Wounds

Quality Foot Care in Fort Walton Beach - Crestview - Niceville, FL

Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel direct Emerald Coast Podiatry in Fort Walton Beach, serving Fort Walton - Crestview - Niceville, FL residents. Our doctor is skilled, experienced, licensed, and board-certified to diagnose and treat many foot conditions, including diabetic wounds of the feet and ankles.

Our doctors believe that one of the most severe foot conditions that patients must take seriously is their diabetic foot wounds. Our doctor expresses an urgency with wound care.

Why are Diabetic Wounds So Dangerous?

Fort Walton Beach - Crestview - Niceville, FL residents are fortunate to have our doctor, with his list of skills and experience focusing on diabetic wounds. Our doctor focuses on improving the health and well-being of all feet in his areas of service. 

Our doctor keeps up to date with the newest medical trends and treatments for diabetic wounds, a familiar yet severe complication of the diabetic patient. 

Diabetic wounds can create further complications such as numbness, nerve damage, and difficult-to-heal ulcers due to circulation deficits in diabetic patients. These wounds can develop more profound and increasingly severe injuries if not treated quickly and correctly. 

In rarer instances, the patient could face amputation of toes and feet due to the inability to heal their diabetic wounds. This last resort has much to do with the patient's understanding and follow-through with recommendations by the doctor. If circulation is relatively poor, the damaged tissue cannot heal, and it is neither the patient nor the doctor's fault.  

Our doctor develops the very best individualized treatment plan for diabetic wounds. The patient needs to realize that the healing of diabetic wounds is slow. When the wound heals, the patient can live a healthy, happy life and remain free of diabetic complications of the feet. 

Prevention is the best cure for diabetic wounds. 

  • Visit your podiatrist at least yearly or immediately when problems arise.
  • Wear the correct size of shoes.
  • Consider diabetic shoes and socks.
  • Take diabetic medicine as ordered.
  • Observe the recommended diet.
  • Help stop nerve damage progression.
  • Immediately report open sores and infections.
  • Assign the doctor to remove corns and calluses.
  • Take care in clipping toenails or visit the doctor for toenail trimming.
  • Wear orthotics as ordered. 

Diabetic Foot Wounds Need Immediate Attention

Call Dr. Ricciardi and Dr. Patel at Emerald Coast Podiatry, serving Fort Walton Beach - Crestview - Niceville, FL residents with a focus on diabetic wound care.

We provide immediate care for foot ulcers, sores, and diabetic wounds. We consider these urgent care issues. Infections can quickly overtake these wounds and cause severe complications like amputations and life-threatening conditions.

Please call us immediately if you need an experienced and quality podiatric doctor. You can reach the Fort Walton Beach, FL, office by calling (850) 862-4119, or in Crestview, FL, by calling (850) 682-6522, so call today.

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