April 7, 2018
Tips During National Foot Health Awarness Month
By the William Newton Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center
April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and a time when the experts at the William Newton Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center suggest people take a moment to stand up for their feet. Right now, 6.7 million Americans are living with a chronic wound, and more than two million of those are suffering from a diabetic foot ulcer.
The William Newton Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center treats chronic foot and leg wounds that are often caused by underlying conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease. Are your feet at risk? Some of the primary risk factors for wounds of the feet include: neuropathy, deformity of the foot, history of foot ulceration, absent or diminished pulses and prior amputation.
"The statistics are truly startling when you realize that about 60 percent of non-traumatic limb amputations are performed on people living with diabetes," said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, CHWS, executive vice president, provider education and engagement with Healogics, Inc.
Healogics manages the William Newton Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center specializing in the treatment of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions.
Dr. Christopher Morrissey, DO, FACOS, general surgeon and medical director of the William Newton Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, works closely with Healogics to offer advanced wound healing techniques. Dr. Morrissey stresses the importance of preventative measures.
“Our specialized care can help with anything from major burns to post-surgery wounds, from traumatic injuries to spider bites,” says Morrissey. “However, we treat many patients with non-healing wounds that could have been prevented with basic care.”
The William Newton Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center offers the following foot care tips:
- Check your feet for red spots, cuts, swelling, blisters, sores or other injuries daily.
- Wash your feet every day and dry them with care, especially between the toes.
- Trim your toenails as needed after you’ve washed and dried your feet.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that do not rub or pinch your feet.
- Always wear socks or stockings with your shoes, and never walk barefoot or while wearing just socks.
- Physical activity can help increase circulation in your feet. Consult your healthcare team to see which physical activity is right for you.
Take off your socks at your next check-up, and alert your doctor to any problems with your feet. The William Newton Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center offers comprehensive wound care and leading-edge treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
For more information on the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers or chronic or infected wounds, contact William Newton Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center by calling 620-222-6205.
Our Center employs the most technologically advanced wound care therapy, including debridement, topical wound therapy, growth-factor therapy, tissue therapy, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) treats non-healing, chronic wounds by delivering 100 percent oxygen, allowing your body to speed up the healing process.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics and its affiliated companies manage a network of 700 outpatient Wound Care Centers® across the United States and multiple locations in the United Kingdom. Healogics currently has more than 3,000 employees, including nearly 300 employed providers (Healogics Specialty Providers). In addition to the company’s network of outpatient Wound Care Centers, Healogics providers partner with over 400 skilled nursing facilities to care for patients with chronic wounds. More than 300,000 patients were treated by Healogics providers in 2016. For additional information, please visit Healogics.com.
The "Weekend Check-Up" is a regular health column published in the Cowley Courier Traveler penned by employees and friends of William Newton Hospital.