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Types of Wound Care for Gangrene

Gangrene, the consequence of compromised blood supply to the lower limbs and feet, occurs in three primary forms, which consist of dry, wet, and gas gangrene. Dry gangrene, stemming from arterial blockage, progresses slowly and necessitates vascular intervention for blood flow restoration. This type of gangrene is often seen in patients with arteriosclerosis or diabetes. Wet gangrene is caused by an infected wound that is left untreated. Wound care for gangrene involves surgical debridement to remove dead tissue and antibiotics to combat bacterial proliferation. Gas gangrene, caused by clostridia bacteria, requires aggressive debridement and targeted antibiotics to prevent systemic spread. A podiatrist plays an important role in managing gangrenous wounds in the lower limbs and feet to keep the condition from worsening. If you have ulcerated wounds that have turned gangrenous, it is strongly suggested that you seek prompt assessment by a podiatrist and get immediate treatment to avoid loss of limb. 

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Kent Stahl, DPM from Texas. our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Beaumont, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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