A diagnosis of diabetes often means lifestyle changes and vigilance on the part of the patient in order to manage the disease. Those with Type 2 diabetes (the most common form) may be able to keep it in check through dedicated meal planning and physical activity. These things may also help those diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. However, these patients will also need to rely on insulin. Whatever the type and however it may be managed, diabetes always carries the risk of additional complications and requires that those who receive a diagnosis remain attentive and proactive in their healthcare.
Among the concerns that face diabetic patients is wound care. What may be a harmless wound to an otherwise healthy patient can be far more complicated for one with diabetes. Being diabetic comes with a host of other potential complications, some of which make wound healing more difficult. For instance, narrow arteries may make circulation of blood to the wound more difficult, or a weakened immune system may hamper healing. Any wound for a diabetic patient should be treated carefully and watchfully.
Foot wounds are particularly bothersome for those with diabetes. These injuries are more prone to swelling and cannot be immobilized to allow for healing in the same way that other areas can. Furthermore, issues that are common among diabetics such as nerve damage and calluses make the feet even more prone to injury than those of an average patient. When these wounds present a serious problem and are slow- or non-healing, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a viable choice for patients in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas.
The therapy, offered at Lane’s Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center, uses contained, 100% pure oxygen to promote advanced wound healing. Consider for a moment that the air we breathe is only comprised of 21% oxygen, and you will understand why these chambers are able to make such a drastic difference. Among the benefits of treatment for diabetic wounds and beyond are:
- Improved infection control
- Greater blood vessel formation
- Preservation of damaged tissues and veins
- Elimination of toxic substances
For diabetic patients, what may be a small cut or simple abrasion to some is a more complicated matter, particularly in areas such as the feet. Patients must remain steadfast in monitoring their health, including seeking medical attention for any new or bothersome wounds. Between our Diabetes Management Program and Advanced Wound Care Center, Lane provides ample resources to help you keep diabetes and any related complications well under control. Contact us to learn more.
Lane Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center
4917 West Park Dr.
Zachary, LA 70791
Sherri Brady, RN, CPE, CDE
Diabetes Nurse Educator