Parrish Wound Healing Center Raises Awareness of Diabetic Foot Ulcer Recurrence

Parrish Wound Healing Center Raises Awareness of Diabetic Foot Ulcer Recurrence
The national diabetes awareness campaign is Oct. 29 – Nov. 2 in cities nationwide


TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Oct. 31, 2018)—The Parrish Wound Healing Center, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in Healogics’ National Diabetes Campaign from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.

Team members across the nation will visit local physician offices to provide education on the treatment of potential or existing chronic wounds for people living with diabetes.

Located in Titusville and Cocoa/Port St. John, the Parrish Wound Healing Centers offer advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 30.3 million people in the United States (9.4 percent of the population) have diabetes, including 7.2 million who are unaware they are living with the disease. The percentage of adults with diabetes increases with age, reaching a high of 25.2 percent among those aged 65 years or older.

In addition to age, risk factors for diabetes include diet, activity level, obesity and heredity. High blood sugar levels, poor circulation, immune systems issues, nerve damage and infection may contribute to a diabetic foot ulcer.

The CDC says an estimated 14 to 24 percent of people with foot ulcers will experience an amputation. An amputation results in decreased quality of life, increased medical costs and a significantly higher risk of mortality. The five-year mortality rate following a lower extremity amputation is 50 percent.

Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of limb loss. The Parrish Wound Healing Center recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:

  • Stop smoking immediately
  • Comprehensive foot examinations each time you visit your healthcare provider (at least four times a year)
  • 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

Proper wound care is crucial for healing diabetic foot ulcers. The Parrish Wound Healing Center offers a number of leading-edge treatments including Total Contact Casting (TCC), Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. These specialized wound-care therapies can aid in wound closure, new tissue growth, wound tissue regeneration and much more.

Contact the Parrish Wound Healing Center to learn more about diabetic foot ulcers or if you have a wound that will not heal. Parrish Wound Healing Center offices are located in the Parrish Healthcare Center at 5005 Port St. John Parkway in Cocoa/Port St. John, and on the PMC campus in the North Building in Titusville. To schedule an appointment, call 321-268-6795.

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About Parrish Medical Center

Parrish Medical Center (PMC), a Parrish Healthcare integrated care partner, is located at 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, Florida. The 210-bed, not-for-profit, public medical center has been serving Brevard County for 60 years. PMC is the first in the nation to be Integrated Care certified by The Joint Commission and is nationally recognized as One of America’s Finest Healing Environments®. PMC maintains top-tier national rankings for clinical outcomes, safety and patients’ experiences according to CMS, The SafeCare Group, The LeapFrog Group, The National Patient Safety Movement Foundation and The Joint Commission. PMC is also nationally recognized among the best places to work in healthcare. For more information, visit www.parrishmed.com.

About Healogics

Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage a network of Wound Care Centers® throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Healogics technology-enabled wound care model supports the critical connection between patients with chronic wounds and multi-disciplinary teams for continuous, collaborative, patient-centered care. For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.

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