Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wound Healing Center Raises Awareness of Diabetic Foot Ulcers


Fauquier Health’s Wound Healing Center, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in the Healogics National Diabetes Campaign from October 26 to 30. One of nearly 800 Healogics-managed centers; the Wound Healing Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers.
There are approximately 29.1 million people living with diabetes in the United States, and nearly 28 percent are undiagnosed. Of those, about 15 percent will develop an ulcer of the lower extremity. Left untreated, these ulcers can impair quality of life and may lead to amputation. Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of limb loss. 
“Diabetics represent approximately 60 percent of non-traumatic lower limb amputations among people 20 years and older,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, chief medical officer for Healogics. Covington goes on to say, “It is vitally important that people with diabetes, their caregivers and physicians recognize the warning signs of diabetic foot ulcers and seek appropriate treatment immediately when an ulcer does occur.”

The Wound Healing Center recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:
  •  Annual foot examinations by a healthcare provider.
  • Daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member perform the inspection.
  •  Regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and taking care of corns and calluses.
  •  Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks).
  •  Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis.
Contact the Wound Healing Center to learn more about diabetic foot ulcers or if you have a wound that will not heal. To schedule an appointment, please call 540-316-HEAL or visit http://www.fauquierhealth.org/services-woundhealing.

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