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What’s New in Foot Care?

by Joy Pape, RN, BSN, CDE, WOCN, CFCN

Tracking the healing process
To see if your wound is healing, your doctor may make use of a type of technology that was used in the making of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Called the ARANZ Medical Silhouette Mobile Camera, it uses lasers to create a 3-D model of the wound.

One of the main benefits of the technology is its ability to accurately measure the surface area of a wound. The alternative method — using a ruler to measure the length and width of a wound — tends to overestimate the size of a wound by about 40%. More accurate measurements allows the doctor to better assess whether the current treatment is working.

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A team project
Like all aspects of diabetes care, foot care involves a team that includes you. Your role starts with taking good care of your feet — inspecting them daily, wearing shoes and socks that fit, and using a moisturizer if you have dry feet — and bringing any foot problems to your health-care provider’s attention immediately. Even with all of the tools and techniques available today for healing foot wounds, early intervention is still your best bet for complete recovery.

If you develop a wound on your foot, your role in caring for it is no less important. You may have to keep all weight off your foot for an extended period, and you will likely have frequent medical appointments until it heals. There’s no doubt that having a foot wound is a major disruption to your life and lifestyle, but the payoff of sticking with your treatment program and following your wound-care provider’s advice can be huge.

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