You know that when you have a wound or cut on our foot or lower leg that isn’t healing, it’s time for an appointment with us at Gentle Professional Foot Care. Any break in the skin is an opportunity for bacteria to enter the body and an infection to develop. In some cases, these infections can become major medical threats, especially if you have diabetes or another autoimmune disease. The first line of defense in healing an infection is to meet with our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey. The foot doctor will be able to diagnose the source of your wound or ulcer and prescribe the correct treatment.
There are, however, several lifestyle choices that patients can make that will help speed healing and prevent infections from growing. With cold season upon us, these tips for increasing your immune system’s ability to fight infection have even greater benefit.
Foods with Fight—did you know that in some cultures garlic is applied directly to a wound as an antiseptic? While we’re not suggesting this treatment by any means, it does point to the fact that certain foods are known for antioxidants and other components which boost immune response and fight infection. Some top choices (in addition to garlic!) are: poultry, kale, cauliflower and yogurt.
Drink up—increasing your water intake can help flush toxins out of your body. It will also help prevent dehydration which certain medications can cause and which puts an extra strain on your body.
Take a nap—or at the very least slow down a bit and get some extra rest. If you have an infection, your body is fighting extra hard to get rid of it and requires more rest than usual. “Burning the candle at both ends” and all the additional running around which is typical at this time of the year will slow the healing process and make it take longer to get over an infection.
We believe in a proactive, total body approach to foot health care. If you have other questions about how to protect the health of your feet or you have a wound that you are uncertain about, contact our Venice office by calling: 941-493-7999.