Clinch Valley Health Advanced Wound Center to Raise Awareness of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

October 29, 2015

Richlands, Virginia (October 29, 2015) – The Advanced Wound Center at Clinch Valley Health, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in the Healogics National Diabetes Campaign. The Advanced Wound Center at Clinch Valley Health offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers. Program directors across the nation have dedicated the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify diabetic patients with or at risk of having ulcers of the lower extremity.

There are approximately 29.1 million people living with diabetes in the United States, and nearly 28 percent are undiagnosed. Of those, about 25 percent will develop a diabetic foot ulcer. Left untreated, these ulcers can impair quality of life and may lead to amputation. Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of limb loss.

“Diabetics represent approximately 60 percent of non-traumatic lower limb amputations among people 20 years and older,” said Sandy Sahyouni, Program Director, Advanced Wound Center. “It is vitally important that people with diabetes, their caregivers and physicians recognize the warning signs of diabetic foot ulcers and seek appropriate treatment immediately when an ulcer does occur.”

The Advanced Wound Center recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:

  • Annual foot examinations by a healthcare provider
  • Daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member perform the inspection
  • Regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and taking care of corns and calluses
  • Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks)
  • Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis                             

Contact the Clinch Valley Health Advanced Wound Center to learn more about diabetic foot ulcers or if you have a wound that will not heal. To schedule an appointment, please call 276-596-6600 or visit www.clinchvalleyhealth.com.