"Whether you’ve developed a diabetic foot ulcer or are recovering from surgery, high temperatures, social activities and busy schedules can present difficult conditions for healing," says John Kramer, DPM, program manager of the hyperbaric unit at the Center for Wound Healing at Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center.
|Dr. John Kramer
"Any breakage in your skin can allow germs in the environment to work their way into your system. Protect yourself against bacteria in your wound by avoiding coming into contact with high-risk surfaces and substances. For example, while dealing with an open wound, completely avoid swimming in open bodies of water, especially stagnant lakes and streams possibly contaminated with various types of waste. If you are at high risk for developing diabetic foot ulcers, do not wear open-toed shoes like flip-flops as they increase your risk for ulceration and/or infections," says Dr. Kramer.
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotics Clinic.