April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, and the experts at Jefferson Health’s New Jersey-based Center for Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (Wound Care Center) suggest people take a moment to “stand up” for their feet. Currently, 6.7 million Americans are living with a chronic wound, and more than two million of those are suffering from a diabetic foot ulcer.
The Jefferson Wound Care Center suggests the following preventative measures to help improve your foot health:
· Check your feet daily for red spots, cuts, swelling, blisters, sores or other injuries.
· 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.
· Always wear socks or stockings with shoes; never walk barefoot or while wearing just socks.
· Physical activity can help increase circulation in your feet. Consult your healthcare provider to see which physical activity is right for you.
The Jefferson Center for Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has outpatient treatment facilities in Cherry Hill (2211 Chapel Avenue, Suite 404) and Washington Township (543 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell) that provide comprehensive treatment for non-healing wounds — wounds that have not significantly improved in a month, or completely healed in two months. For more information, call 1-866-547-4325 or visit.
About : Jefferson, located in the greater Philadelphia region and southern New Jersey, is reimagining healthcare and education to create unparalleled value. Jefferson is 30,000 people strong, dedicated to providing the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, preparing tomorrow’s professional leaders for 21st century careers, and discovering new treatments to define the future of care. , home of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, dates back to 1824 and today comprises 10 colleges and three schools offering 160 undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 7,800 students. Jefferson Health serves patients through millions of encounters each year at 14 hospitals and over 40 outpatient and urgent care locations throughout the region.