Avoiding Amputations

Secondary Prevention: Heal wounds quickly

When a patient actually develops a foot ulcer or wound, secondary prevention efforts become critical. Medical centers in many communities now have specialized comprehensive wound care centers for exactly this purpose.

After careful evaluation of the wound, standard therapies to speed healing and reduce pain might include: wound dressings, antibiotics, removal of dead tissue (debridement), skin grafts, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, special bracing or shoes for off-loading of pressure, physical therapy, and nutrition.

Ideally, all this care is coordinated by a professional foot-care team of podiatrists and certified nurse specialists with access to physician specialists and surgeons. The care assumes continuation of the primary prevention efforts.

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