Resources for Patients

A guide to pain control

Don’t put up with pain
A wound or ulcer can often be painful, especially in the chronic wound. The clinicians at the Healogics Wound Healing Centres will work with you and your GP to best manage your pain. - continue reading

Avoiding amputation

Each week 120 people with diabetes in the UK undergo amputation. This is not only devastating for the patient but puts a heavy burden on the NHS; annually over £119million is required in England alone for Diabetes related amputations. - continue reading

Caring for ulcers at home

As your wound progresses towards healing and/or if you are going on holiday, you may be able to change your own dressings at home. This will be discussed with you as part of your care plan, if you feel confident and want to reduce your dependency on visits to the clinic. - continue reading


Charcot joint disease

Charcot Joint Disease is the abnormal changing of the bones in the feet. The disease was first described by Dr J.M. Charcot, a French physician, in the late 1800s. He found that people who had reduced sensation in their feet, also known as neuropathy, - continue reading

Controlling swelling with compression bandaging

If you have swelling in your legs or signs of venous disease, you will most likely need to have a form of compression bandaging to support your legs and help the fluid buildup drain away. Compression bandages are designed to support your veins - continue reading

Exercise doesn't have to be difficult

We can all think of good reasons not to exercise, not enough time, boring, expensive gym memberships, tired, hate sweating, the same old excuses. Did you know that exercise can really aid Wound healing? Blood sugar control? Depression? Energy levels? - continue reading

General foot care guidelines

Every day foot care is essential to help preventing common foot complaints developing into long term injury or wound formation. If you do develop a foot ulcer or have an ulcer that is not getting better, contact your GP and he can arrange for you to come see us for help. - continue reading

High blood sugars

If you have poorly controlled blood sugars which are often too high, it can delay or stop your wound from healing. High blood sugar is a tasty snack for bacteria and can make infections more likely, it also reduces the availability for nutrients and white blood cells to get to the wound which slows the healing process - continue reading

Malignant and atypical wounds

What is a malignant wound?
Many types of cancer can cause a skin wound or ulcer when the cancerous or ‘malignant’ tumour, develops on or just below the skin’s surface. A cancerous ulcer will often have a cloudy or discoloured exudate, fluid, may bleed and may have a strong malodour/ bad smell.  - continue reading

Medication safety

Keep a list of your medicine and allergies with you at all times. Take it with you to all of your Healogics Wound Healing Centre visits. Include all “over the counter” medicine that you take like Paracetamol, Aspirin, - continue reading

Neuropathy

What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is the result of nerve damage. Diabetes is the number one cause of neuropathy. Over half of people with diabetes have neuropathy due to damage caused by high levels of sugar in the blood.  There are other causes for neuropathy - continue reading