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First of all, this article is not intended to be more than helpful and raise awareness about the importance of the health of our feet. It is recommended for any significant injury to the feet to go to the podiatrist, since he is the one who best knows how to handle the aspects of cleaning and disinfection of wounds located on the feet as well as the steps to follow for their correct treatment and cure.
We must pay attention frequently to our feet since, according to specialists, the type of wounds that are most commonly seen daily in consultations are those caused by rubbing or pressure from footwear and which, if not treated properly, can end up complicating his healing.
How to heal wounds
In the face of a minor wound, one that affects only the outermost layer of the skin, the first thing we must do is clean the wound well. It is recommended to clean using the dragging method, avoiding pressure and then dry it well. We have to apply an antiseptic and then cover it again with a gauze or sterile dressing to avoid contamination and possible infection of the wound.
A wound is considered infected when signs such as color, pain, edema, erythema, itching, and sometimes purulent exudate appear on the skin. Given these signs, which make one suspect that the wound may be infected, one should immediately go to the medical services.
Before the appearance of blisters, they will be treated according to their size. For the smallest ones, and if there is not too much liquid, they should be cleaned well, an antiseptic applied to the area and allowed to be reabsorbed. In the case of observing that the fluid in the blister is cloudy and purulent, the blister should be opened, the area also cleaned and, finally, an antiseptic applied so that it does not become infected.
Diabetic foot ulcers
They are open sores or wounds that generally occur on the soles of the feet in approximately 15% of patients with diabetes. About 6% of diabetics who present with a foot ulcer are hospitalized due to an infection or other ulcer-related complication.
Immediate foot care is recommended as soon as the appearance of an ulcer is detected. Foot ulcers in patients with diabetes should be treated to reduce the risk of infection and amputation, improve functionality and quality of life, as well as reduce the time and cost of medical care.
For more detailed information, we invite you to visit Ulcers in the feet due to diabetes.