6.7 million Americans are living with a chronic wound, and more than two
million of those are suffering from a diabetic foot ulcer. April is National
Foot Health Awareness Month and a time when the experts at Sierra View
Medical Center’s (SVMC) Wound Healing Center and national partner,
Healogics a group that specializes in the treatment of chronic wounds
and non-responsive conditions, advise people take a moment to stand up
for their feet.
With shocking nation-wide statistics of people living with a chronic wound,
SVMC Wound Healing is using the month of April to bring insight to their
community to make sure they know foot wound risks and how to prevent them.
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.
There are preventative measures everyone can take to improve foot health.
SVMC Wound Healing 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
• 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.
In addition, anyone who may think they are at risk or need to take preventative
measures, are to alert their doctor of any problems with their feet during
their next doctors visit. SVMC Wound Healing 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 SVMC Wound Healing at 559-791- 3911. The Wound
Healing Center is located at 370 N. Villa Ave., Porterville, CA 93257.
About SVMC Wound Healing
The Wound Healing Center is an outpatient department of Sierra View Medical
Center that opened in January 2015. As a Healogics Specialty Physician
center with surgeons specifically trained in advanced wound care and hyperbaric
medicine, the Wound Healing Center’s clinical staff are trained
to heal wounds using an evidence based approach that allows them to heal
wounds faster with better healing outcomes thus providing a higher quality
of care in the Central Valley. SVMC has received the Robert A. Warrnier
III Center of Distinction and Excellence award in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s wound
healing expert. Last year over 330,000 patients received advanced wound
care through a nationwide network of 700 Wound Care Centers®. The
Healogics team is made up of nearly 3,000 employees, 4,000 affiliated
physicians and a Healogics Specialty Physician practice group of almost
300. In addition to the company’s network of outpatient Centers,
Healogics partners with over 300 skilled nursing facilities to care for
patients with chronic wounds, and provides inpatient consults at 85 partner
hospitals. As the industry leader, Healogics has the largest repository
of chronic wound-specific patient data in the country. The Healogics Wound
Science Initiative, an effort launched in 2017 to provide peer-reviewed
research, recognizes the value and relevance of big data and advanced
analytics to drive continuous, collaborative learning towards a better
understanding of how to efficiently utilize healthcare resources for patients
with wounds. For additional information, please visit Healogics.com.