Diabetes affects one out of every 11 people living in the United States. So there’s a good chance that you or someone you know is living with Type 1 or 2 diabetes.

When a diabetic’s blood sugar levels are not well controlled, complications may come up. Some of the complications related to diabetes are poor circulation and nerve damage, which may prevent individuals from feeling if their feet have scrapes or cuts. If left untreated, the foot injury can become infected, leading to a chronic wound or foot ulcer, and possibly loss of limb in extreme cases.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is uniquely prepared to respond to these ulcers or chronic wounds through its Advanced Wound Care Center.

“Because diabetes has become so prevalent within our community, we’ve created a comprehensive program and specialized approach to help respond to foot ulcers and chronic wounds, “said Dr. Cary Brown, medical director of the Advanced Wound Care Center. “Using state-of-the-art treatment like hyperbaric oxygen therapy, our patients at Shady Grove can be healed from wounds that have resisted healing after months and even years of traditional treatment.”

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the key to successful wound healing is regular visits with your podiatrist, working towards:

  • Lowering blood sugar
  • Appropriate debridement of wounds
  • Treating any infection
  • Reducing friction and pressure
  • Restoring adequate blood flow

If you notice issues big or small, the Center for Advanced Wound Care can provide specialized treatment and care to get you back on the path to healing. You can learn more online or make an appointment by calling 240-826-6106.