Diabetes posts

Diabetic Toenails: Top Tips for Proper Trimming

By Angie Commorato

Check out these best practices for trimming your diabetic patient’s toenails to help prevent foot ulceration. Did you know that a whopping 10-25% percent of all patients with diabetes ultimately develop a foot ulcer – a diagnosis that brings a five-year mortality rate of nearly 50%? Consistent foot care, such as regular screenings, footwear assessment […]

Diabetic Foot Screening Guide

By Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS

Five clinical tests for diagnosing loss of protective sensation in the diabetic foot, plus tips on inflammation assessment. How serious are diabetic foot ulcers? The statistics are sobering: It is estimated that between 10 and 25% of patients with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime. Diabetic foot ulcers precede 84% of all lower […]

Diabetic Wound Care: Monofilament Testing

By Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS

Detecting neuropathy in the diabetic foot is crucial for patient care, which is why the 10-step monofilament test is a must when it comes to injury and ulceration prevention. Healing patients and helping them get on the road to recovery are always at the top of any wound clinician’s list. We are always on alert […]

Dry Skin Alert: Foot Xerosis in Diabetic Patients

By Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS

Diabetic wound management requires awareness, including knowing the signs and progression of xerosis – an abnormal dryness of skin. Patients with diabetes are prone to dry skin, particularly when blood glucose levels are running high. And as a clinician, one of the most common types of skin conditions you will see in your diabetic patients […]

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