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Get Knowledgeable, Professional Help with Your Diabetic Wounds at Carolina Regional Orthopaedics

When most people think of diabetes, they think of monitoring blood glucose levels while overlooking the dangers of diabetic wounds. Diabetic wound injuries are a concern whether you or a loved one have Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.

As an adult, you may think that you don’t get wounded often, but it only takes one small cut to lead to weeks of inflammation and possible infection. This is even more true with children who suffer from diabetes. An active child may play outside daily, where they could get a scratch. Normally, scrapes and scratches scab over and heal within two weeks, but diabetic wounds may still be inflamed up to this point. That’s why it’s essential to have a clinic that knows all about diabetic wound care and diabetic wound treatment.

Carolina Regional Orthopaedics understands the importance of diabetic wound healing and the importance of specialized care in this area. With our medical oversight, wounds can be treated effectively, reducing the risk of infection and promoting faster healing. Carolina Regional Orthopaedics’ diabetic wound clinic provides targeted and expert care with doctors and diabetic wound specialists adept in the latest treatments and technologies.

Prompt attention to any signs of foot wounds, along with regular check-ups and patient education on foot care, help diabetics to prevent severe complications.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a diabetic wound, contact Carolina Regional Orthopaedics for treatment today.

Why Does Diabetes Cause Slow Wound Healing?

Diabetes significantly impedes the body’s natural healing process, often leading to slower wound healing. The reasons for this are closely related to the physiological changes that occur due to persistent high blood sugar levels. The common causes are: 

Blood Flow Impairment: High blood glucose levels can cause the blood vessels to narrow and harden, a condition known as atherosclerosis. This reduction in blood flow means that essential nutrients and oxygen do not reach the wound efficiently, slowing the healing process.

Immune System Dysfunction: Diabetes can also compromise the immune system, making it less effective at fighting off infections. Wounds need a robust immune response to heal properly, and with diabetes, this response is weakened, leading to increased vulnerability to infection and further delaying healing.

Neuropathy: Diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, is a common complication of diabetes, resulting in decreased sensation. Minor injuries may go unnoticed and untreated without proper feeling, leading to more significant wounds that take longer to heal.

Collagen Production Alteration: Collagen is a protein that is crucial in wound healing. Diabetes can alter the body’s ability to produce and organize collagen efficiently, which can affect the strength and elasticity of the skin, thereby slowing the healing process.

Inflammatory Response: The inflammatory phase of wound healing can be prolonged in people with diabetes. This extended inflammation can cause more damage and slow the overall healing process.

Understanding these factors is crucial for diabetic wound management. By recognizing the challenges posed by diabetes in wound healing, Carolina Regional Orthopaedics tailors treatments to address each aspect, thereby improving healing outcomes for our patients. Reach out today for help with your wound care needs.

Common Types of Injuries That Cause Increased Concern for Diabetics

With diabetes, even minor injuries require attention due to the increased risk of infection and slower healing. Here are some common injuries that you should watch for:

Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Foot ulcers are one of the most common and concerning wounds for diabetics. The cause can be a combination of factors such as poor circulation, neuropathy, and pressure points on the foot. Diabetic foot ulcer treatment is a complex wound requiring an expert approach to resolve the wound and address the underlying risk factors.

Diabetic Cuts: Cuts on the skin can be problematic, as their healing is often slower. Diabetics must treat even small lacerations with care to prevent infection and more serious complications.

Calluses and Corns: While not wounds themselves, calluses and corns can develop into ulcers if not properly managed due to the increased pressure they place on the skin.

Infections: Diabetics should watch for infections because their bodies have a reduced ability to fight bacteria and heal infected wounds. Even a minor infection can escalate quickly without proper care.

Diabetes and Your Feet

While diet is a big part of managing diabetic symptoms, exercise is also essential in staying healthy. Our feet allow us to move and exercise, and with a diabetic wound, that is nearly impossible because the wound could open, or re-open, and cause an infection. That’s why early detection and consultation with a diabetic wound clinic is essential. 

We look for signs of a diabetic foot ulcer and foot pains. As discussed earlier, foot ulcers are a primary concern. These ulcers develop due to a combination of factors, including poor circulation, lack of feeling due to neuropathy, foot deformities, and trauma. The healing of these ulcers can be complicated, making early detection and management essential. Neuropathy can cause significant diabetic foot pain, often described as a burning or tingling sensation. This pain affects the quality of life and can impair mobility and the ability to detect new injuries, which can escalate unnoticed.

Regular diabetic foot exams are a cornerstone of diabetic foot care. These exams, conducted by our healthcare professionals, are vital in assessing risk factors, identifying early signs of complications, and initiating treatment promptly to prevent progression.

Early Stage Diabetic Sores

If you’re dealing with diabetes, keeping an eye out for early stage sores helps tremendously in terms of avoiding serious complications. These initial sores can look like little red, swollen spots, may sometimes feel warm, and may resemble blisters or small cuts. You might not feel them due to nerve damage, so examining your feet often is crucial to catch any changes early on. They tend to pop up in spots where your shoes rub or put pressure, like the underside of your foot or between your toes. 

To stop these sores from worsening, manage your blood sugar, keep your feet clean and dry, and use footwear that fits well. Spot a sore? Contact us for a quick check. Early care usually involves cleaning the sore, dressing it appropriately, and not putting weight on it. Sometimes, you might need antibiotics to dodge an infection. Tackling these sores early means you’re taking a big step towards keeping your feet healthy and free from more serious issues. 

How can you heal your diabetic wound faster?

Accelerating diabetic wound healing requires a coordinated approach that combines professional medical expertise, advanced care techniques, and patient participation. 

Following these tips will help you heal your wounds more quickly.

  • Seek professional help: Visit Carolina Regional Orthopaedics wound care center, where specialists and doctors have expertise in diabetic wound healing. They can provide personalized treatment plans and use the latest therapies to promote healing.
  • Consistent monitoring: regular check-ups at a center or with a specialist are crucial. They can track the progress of wound healing for diabetic patients, adjusting treatments as needed.
  • Optimal blood sugar control: keeping blood sugar levels in check is essential, as high levels can slow down the healing process.
  • Proper nutrition: a balanced diet rich in vitamins and proteins can support wound healing.
  • Pressure offloading: for feet/foot ulcers, reducing pressure on the wound is necessary. Special footwear or offloading devices may be recommended.
  • Hygiene and care: maintain good hygiene to prevent infection. This involves regular cleaning and dressing of the wound.
  • Early intervention: at the first sign of early stage diabetic sores, seek care. Prompt treatment can prevent the wound from becoming more serious.
  • Local resources: search for ‘diabetic wound care near me‘ to find local clinics and resources for immediate assistance.

If you suffer from a diabetic wound or want to be proactive in preventing one, contact Carolina Regional Orthopaedics. We’ll conduct a diabetic wound examination and get you back on course to optimal health.

Learn more about the doctors and specialists at our Wound Care and Healing Centers serving the Rocky Mount and Tarboro, North Carolina, areas.

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Our Providers

At Carolina Regional Orthopaedics, PA, all of our providers are Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons or Board-Certified Physician Assistants.

Dr Bernard Kemker

Bernard P. Kemker, MD

Dr. MacNichol

Glenn E. MacNichol, MD

Dr Robert Martin

Robert C. Martin, DO

Dr_ Mark Perlmutter

Mark N. Perlmutter, MS, MD

Dr Hardayal Singh 1

Hardayal Singh, MD

Morgan Greene, PA-C

Morgan Greene, PA-C

VanTreia Gross

VanTreia M. Gross, PA-C

Paul Kelley, PA-C

Paul Kelley, PA-C

William Mayo

William J. Mayo, PA-C

Joseph Williams

Joseph W. Williams, PA-C

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Phone: 252-443-0400
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Carolina Regional Orthopaedics, PA
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Phone: 252-443-0400
Fax: 252-443-0572