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Diabetes and Foot Ulcers

Diabetes is a chronic disease. It requires medical attention. The patient must also manage the disease. You may get a wound that may not heal. A wound may not heal from infection, poor blood flow and problem with nerves. These symptoms take time to notice.

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Peripheral Arterial Disease and Related Ulcers

What is peripheral arterial disease (PAD)? Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels in the legs. Blood flow to your feet and legs is decreased. This decreased blood flow affects the health of your skin on your feet and legs. It can also be the reason a foot ulcer…

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Caring for Your Ulcers

Healthy skin is a natural barrier that prevents infection. A break in your skin makes it possible for germs to enter your body. Covering your wound will help to keep it clean and heal faster. What Will Your Nurse Show You? How to take care of your dressing When and how to change your dressing…

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What is Off-Loading?

Off-loading means not bearing weight. If your doctor recommends off-loading, you should not walk or bear weight on the extremity that has a wound or where a wound could develop.

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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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Skin Perfusion Pressure Test

Your physician has suggested you have a test to assess the small blood vessels in your feet and legs. There are two different tests that can do this; Skin Perfusion Pressure Test (SPP) and Transcutaneous Oximetry Test (TcPO2). These tests will assess if these tiny blood vessels are blocked or damaged, or if the wound…

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Wound Debridement

What is Debridement? Debridement is the process of removing dead tissue from wounds. The dead tissue may be black, gray, yellow, tan, or white. Foreign material may also be on the wound. It may need to be removed. Your wound care doctor will let you know if dead tissue needs to be removed from your…

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