SOMC Wound Healing Center highlights the importance of foot health


Staff report



PORTSMOUTH — As National Foot Health Awareness Month kicks off this April, SOMC Wound Healing Center aims to educate the public on common foot wounds and treatment. Nearly 7 million Americans are living with a chronic wound, and more than 2 million of those are suffering from diabetic foot ulcers.

Many suffering from chronic wounds have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as they have not received needed care during the past two years. For those suffering from wounds on their feet, many of these untreated and undertreated wounds have resulted in amputation, according to a study from the American Diabetes Association.

Managed by Healogics, the nation’s leading provider of advanced wound care, the SOMC Wound Healing Center treats chronic foot and leg wounds that are often caused by underlying conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease.

The most common types of foot wounds are diabetic foot ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, arterial ulcers and pressure ulcers. The SOMC Wound Healing Center specializes in treating these chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions.

There are preventative measures everyone can do to improve foot health. The team at the SOMC Wound 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. Regular foot inspections are key to prevention.
  • Proper footwear, a healthy diet and maintaining healthy glucose levels can also help keep feet sore-free.

The SOMC 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 and other chronic or infected wounds, contact the Wound Healing Center at 740-356-8776.

Staff report