I have had a diabetic foot since the last 4 months which was operated upon about a month & half ago, the healing progress is very very slow, any experiences to speed the healing, any remedies? Please any & all inputs would be most welcome...
I know what you're going though, I've seen it often. I'll ponder on your question and give you whatever I can think of later on, along with some reading. One little thing, though is dietary. Zinc, Vit C and protein aid in healing. I would hope you're doctor would give you something good for pain, if not I'd go to a pain management doctor while you are healing.
Hello Rajive, & you have my deepest heartfelt sympathy for your problem. My hubby is also a diabetic, & heals very slowly or in some cases not at all. What did they do to your foot, & is it an open wound? If it is open, it may take sometime for it to heal. Keeping it dry, & probably elevated is going to help more than anything. If able to wear socks at all they should be white, & cotton as it breathes easier. Keeping it elevated helps with any swelling. I would like to know more about what type of wound it is whether it is closed or open. If open it needs to be cleaned out with saline at least two times a day & packed or rebandaged with a fresh bandage. Watch for redness & red streaks going upwards in the ankle or leg. If this happens you need to get medical care right away. Keeping off your feet is very important too. Sometimes with stubborn wounds, a hyberbaric chamber with pure oxygen helps to heal the wound faster.
I'm sure you know most of this already, but it is ust a couple of things I can think of (still on my first cuppa this morning). Will give it more thought & get back to you. Let us know more about the type of surgery, & what the actual wound looks like... Mary
oh Rajive, I wm so sorry to hear of this. My ex husband has diabetes and he does NOT take the best of care qnd has had to be treated with the Hyperbaric Chamber when he gets surgery, to help him heal. He has had to use it for 2 different surgeries and it did finish healing him up. I will add you to my prayer list. Patti
Do you have wound care centers in India? They are the best with coming up with a treatment plan for the best wound healing. It is not usually a normal treatment to use a debrider (debredace) once every three days. Usually if a wound has gray funkie stuff on it a debrider is used daily. If the wound is beefy red then there is a bunch of good wound healing supplies that are used. These are kind of expensive but are usually only changed every 5 to 7 days, like silver impregnated dressing. Savlon wash every three days also isn't a treatment of choice here. But there are different protocols in the USA also. Your diabetes does effect your wound healing even if you have it under control. The latest recommendations in this country is anything over 120 blood sugars will decrease wound healing. Bottom line is that diabetic wounds are hard to heal and the location of your wound is also one of the harder wounds to heal.
At the best I would find a wound care center, if that isn't available talk with your doctor about available dressing change options. Rule of thumb is if a wound doesn't get better( less deep, closing) in two weeks a change in the dressing protocol is needed. So... last thought... if your wound was doing well for a period of time and now isn't getting better... then a change in the dressing protocol is needed.
First of all, pain puts your body under additional stress thus taking away from healing. What I'm going to tell you is what my husband told me after his toe removal for diabetes associated reasons like yours. His toe, next to the little toe, had a very deep wound and it went up his foot towards the ankle, because the doctor had to keep on cutting until he found good blood flow. He had his dressings changed every other day by a nurse
It was the most painful event ever in his 50 years. He took pain pills, a lot of pain pills that really didn't ease the pain but he could get about two hours a night in his recliner outdoors in the winter. For three months, he took every pill his doc gave him and more. Then he devoped gangrene, something had to ne done. He decided that he had had enough pain and had a below the knee amputation. After his recovery from surgery, he did not take anymore pain pills. The reason for his pain was gone.
I believe that when the body experiences intense pain, all the narcotics do is alleviate enough pain so that your body isn't spending so much energy on pain issues. You don't become addicted or dependant on the meds as long as you have pain related to a body part being removed. You need the extra energy to heal.
So take the narcotics until your foot issue is resolved .. I live with this man, I've seen him in all kinds of pain, he can always stop his meds no problem, just stop.
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