Take these steps to keep your feet healthy

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April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and a time when the experts at the Wound Care 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 2 million of those are suffering from a diabetic foot ulcer.

The Wilson Wound Healing 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.

Healogics manages the Wilson Wound Healing Center specializing in the treatment of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions.

There are preventative measures everyone can do to improve foot health. The Wilson Wound Healing 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 health care 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 Wilson Wound Healing 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 Wilson Wound Healing Center located at 1701 Medical Park Drive or call 252-399-5202.

Laura Duke, is the director of the Wilson Wound Healing Center.