Prevention & Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

September 27, 2012

People with diabetes face unique wound care issues when it comes to their feet.  Diabetes can damage the nerves in the foot, which in turn makes a person less likely to feel an injury or pressure on that part of the body.  Damage to the blood vessels caused by diabetes results in less blood and oxygen getting to the feet.  Because of this, small sores can become large or form into deep foot ulcers, which can lead to amputation.

That is why the Bronson Battle Creek Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine is offering a physician-led presentation on Monday, October 22, about ‘Prevention & Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers.’

The program, to be held in the BBC Outpatient Center; will begin with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. followed by Dr. Clark Johnson’s presentation at 6:15 p.m. Use parking lot #4 off Emmett Street.  To register, call (877) 462-2247 or visit www.bronsonbattlecreek.com. 

Dr. Johnson will offer information on methods to maintain healthy feet, early detection of potential foot problems, and treatment of diabetic foot ulcers including advanced therapies and techniques to return you to the health and mobility you deserve. He will also make time to answer questions from the audience.

Why is foot care important?  When feet are not cared for properly, they begin to show symptoms of illness. These symptoms may differ from person to person, but as a rule you will experience continuous pain, irritation, and discomfort.  Those are warning signs that your feet need special care and professional attention.
Examples of toe and foot ulcers caused  
What are the symptoms?  Cold feet, corns, calluses, and fungus or cellulites, a potentially fatal bacterial infection, may also indicate diabetes.  People with diabetes often complain of burning feet or toes, similar to athlete's foot, as well as fatigue or pain in the calf or buttocks after walking a short distance. 

Unless their feet hurt, people are inclined to ignore them, figuring that the pain will go away.  As a result, our feet are the body's most abused, neglected, and unexamined part.  But our feet mirror diseases, especially diabetes, and regular preventive foot care about every two months can detect or prevent serious complications.

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include the county’s largest accredited sleep center and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.


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