Treatment of Gangrene

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

For individuals with diabetes, the development of gangrene poses serious health risks and requires prompt treatment to prevent further complications. Gangrene results from necrosis, or death of body tissue in the lower legs and feet. Treatment for gangrene in diabetic patients involves a multifaceted approach aimed at halting tissue necrosis, controlling infection, and promoting wound healing. Surgical debridement is essential to remove any dead tissue and prevent further spread. Antibiotic therapy is used for managing bacterial infections associated with gangrene, often administered intravenously for severe cases. Restoring blood flow to the affected area through bypass surgery or angioplasty can help prevent tissue necrosis and reduce the need for amputation. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy delivers high-pressure oxygen to promote healing and control infection. Reconstructive surgery with skin grafts may be necessary to restore tissue integrity in extensively damaged areas.  In severe cases, amputation may be required to prevent the spread of gangrene and facilitate prosthetic limb fitting. Throughout this treatment journey, podiatrists play a vital role in wound care, offering specialized expertise in diabetic foot care and wound management. If gangrene is a threat, it is suggested that you schedule an immediate appointment with a podiatrist for wound care and a prognosis.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with John McGhan, DPM from Gold Canyon Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Gold Canyon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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