Recognizing The Impact Of Nutrition In Healing Wounds

As a former nutritionist (prior to podiatry school), I worked in a hospital as a dietitian and helped to address the different nutritional needs of patients. While I cannot say I was well versed in wound care at that time, I did provide counsel on proper dietary goals for patients with hypertension, diabetes, renal impairment, cardiac conditions, etc.

Even then, motivating patients to take ownership and be responsible for their dietary needs/constraints posed a challenge, let alone the patients understanding the basics of nutrition and the importance of these tenets to their well-being.

Now, as a podiatrist dealing with wound care daily, I find that the challenge is even greater when it comes to educating people regarding their weight, the effects of diabetes on the health of their feet, the importance of exercise and tight glucose control.

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