How to prevent and treat diabetic wounds

It is estimated that more than 550 million people around the world will have diabetes by 2030.

Approximately 25% of these diabetic patients will develop foot ulcers during their lifetime, which often require advanced diabetic wound treatment to prevent complications.

Scientific affairs and education manager at 3M South Africa, Anika Fourie, says every twenty seconds a lower limb is lost somewhere in the world due to diabetes.

Foot ulcers may be prevented by looking after their diabetes through blood sugar control, cholesterol, diet and excercise.

She says diabetic patients need to do proper foot inspection at least once a day.

If there is something wrong, they need to go see a wound care specialist, so we can minimise the complications and prevent infections.

Anika Fourie, scientific affairs and education manager at 3M South Africa

If there is a wound on a foot of a diabetic person, please seek prompt help.

Anika Fourie, scientific affairs and education manager at 3M South Africa

How to look after feet if you are diabetic?

  • Never walk barefoot

  • Moisturise feet

  • Dry thoroughly in-between toes

  • Keep your environment hygienic

Fourie emphases that diabetic wounds are preventable and patients should seek help when unsure.

Listen to the audio below to hear more about different categories of diabetic wounds and how to treat them...

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