It’s important to eat well in order to heal well. Having a wound puts extra demands on your body. To heal, your body needs increased amounts of calories, protein, vitamins A and C, and sometimes the mineral zinc. Wounds will heal well if you get enough of the right foods – and if you don’t, they heal more slowly. The following guidelines will help you choose foods that promote healing.
Eat a variety of foods to get all the calories, proteins, and vitamins you need. Every day try to eat foods from the following:
Some people may have trouble eating enough at meals to promote wound healing.
Here are a few helpful hints to make sure your body is getting the nutrition it needs to help you heal:
It might be easier to eat 5-6 times per day rather than 3 meals per day.
You can get the nutrition you need by snacking on healthy foods like cheese and crackers, trail mix or mixed nuts, peanut butter and apples, and fresh fruit.
If you’re still having trouble getting the protein and calories you need to help you heal, talk with your doctor about nutritional supplements.
Other tips to help the healing process. If you use tobacco, quit. Nicotine can reduce the flow of blood and oxygen to your tissues and slow down the healing process.
If you have diabetes, carefully follow the diet and medication recommendations for your diabetes. If your wounds are not healing, follow up with your health care provider and/or HyperHeal.
HyperHeal uses the following treatment therapies to facilitate healing:
Used to aid the healing process through elimination of edema. Compression therapy helps to support the calf muscle and increase venous flow. This therapy is usually continued after healing to help prevent future ulcers.
Wounds need oxygen and nutrients to heal. When there is pressure to wounds, the availability of those nutrients is impeded. Wound care nurses will educate patients and family on proper pressure reduction and off-loading devices and techniques.
Used to remove devitalized or necrotic tissue from wound bed. Debridement comes in many forms. Sharp debridement uses surgical instruments, and is usually done in wound care center. Surgical debridement, similar to sharp, is more extensive and must be done in operating room. Enzymatic debridement uses a wound ointment that contains enzymes that consume necrotic tissue.
Used for foot wounds, most commonly diabetic. By placing the foot and lower leg in a total cast, compliance is forced, and pressure to the wound bed is distributed throughout the entire plantar surface of the foot.
By placing a Negative Pressure (VAC) dressing directly on the wound, a vacuum is created. This aids healing by pulling wound edges inward, and granulation tissue upward.
Dressings Used to absorb exudate from heavily draining wounds. It usually comes in a sheet or rope form, similar to the consistency of piece of felt. Available in plain or silver.
Delivers Collagen protein directly to the wound bed to promote healing. Plain and Silver versions are available.
Skin grafts are engineered and derived from different sources (animals, placenta, stem cells) that contain large amounts of growth factors. These growth factors stimulate the body’s healing process through growth factor production.
May be applied topically to wound or systemically as an oral antibiotic. Often used in conjunction with above mentioned therapies. Antimicrobial/Antibiotic Therapy is used to control wound infections, systemic infections, or bacterial presence in wound.
An acute wound is an injury to the skin that occurs suddenly rather than over time. It heals at a predictable and expected rate according to the normal wound healing process. Acute wounds can happen anywhere on the body and vary from superficial scratches to deep wounds damaging blood vessels, nerves, muscles or other body parts.
A chronic wound develops when any acute wound fails to heal in the expected time frame for that type of wound, which might be a couple of weeks or up to six weeks depending on severity.
There are many causes for chronic wounds. Most common causes include: diabetes, poor circulation, too much pressure from sitting or lying down, and surgical wounds.
At HyperHeal we have a highly qualified and well-respected team of podiatrists, plastic surgeons, internal medicine providers, vascular surgeons and geriatricians who will assess your wound and determine the best course of action. This may include:
People with diabetes have a higher risk for getting chronic, non-healing foot wounds. People may also be at risk if they:
If left untreated, a chronic wound can lead to gangrene, infection, or worse, amputation.
If in doubt about the seriousness of the wound, people should consult their doctor. There are some good indications whether the wound is serious or not.
Talk with your doctor or call us directly at 410-433-4300. You can select the location closest to home. HyperHeal has offices in Rosedale, Glen Burnie, Cockeysville, and Towson.
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