Caring for a loved one living with diabetes is quite a responsibility and when it comes to the approximately 29.1 million people living with diabetes in the U.S., it’s important to know the types of complications your loved one may face as a result of the disease.
What many people may not know is that diabetes can result in diabetic foot ulcers. Healogics, Inc. encourages those living with diabetes and their caregivers to know how to take good care of their feet.
Healogics is a wound care services management company, putting patient care at the forefront of everything we do. With nearly 800 Wound Care Centers® across the nation that are part of the connected network of outpatient centers, academic medical centers and other post-acute sites, we offer an evidence-based systematic approach to advanced wound care treating an underserved and growing patient population.
Twenty-five percent of people living with diabetes will eventually develop a foot ulcer due to diabetic complications and foot ulcers precede 85 percent of lower extremity amputations in patients with diabetes. This disease can also cause heart disease, stroke, lack of circulation and feeling in the lower limbs and other complications which can result in hard-to-heal wounds.
The fear of losing a limb is very real for people living with diabetic foot ulcers. Healogics offers hope to these individuals with longstanding (chronic) wounds through data, advanced wound care therapies like hyperbaric oxygen treatment, and access to wound care specialists who are passionate about finding a solution that will work for each individual patient.
Healogics mission is to share our wound care expertise with every patient who could benefit, wherever they are, and by the best means available. With nearly half of our patients living with diabetes, it’s important to talk about how the disease affects wound healing and the preventive steps patients and their caregivers can take to avoid complications. Healogics offers the following tips for proper foot care:
- Get comprehensive foot exams each time you visit your healthcare provider (at least four times a year)
- Perform daily self-inspections of the feet or have a family member assist
- Clean toenails and take care of corns and calluses on a regular basis
- Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks)
- Improve circulation by eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis
- Stop smoking immediately
It’s important to seek help from wound care experts. Healogics has a network of more than 4,000 providers across the country who receive ongoing advanced wound care training, and in 2015 alone saw approximately 285,000 new patients.
The team at Healogics has a true passion and enthusiasm for wound care that can be felt from the first moment you walk into one of nearly 800 Wound Care Centers. Our teams work day in and day out to ensure patients return to a great quality of life, and have the opportunity to enjoy the people and hobbies they love most.
Dr. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, CHWS, Chief Medical Officer for Healogics
Dr. Scott Covington is the Chief Medical Officer for Healogics. Certified by the American Board of Surgery and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Covington was founder of the first multidisciplinary wound center in North Carolina’s Wake County. In addition to an extensive clinical experience in wound care, Dr. Covington is a Certified Hyperbaric and Wound Specialist (CHWS) with the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, representing a dedication to the highest standards and achievement in wound care with an advanced level of specialization in hyperbaric chamber operations.
Dr. Covington lectures frequently throughout the United States on wound care, and serves as an industry advisor on wound-related issues. He is a member of the Wound Healing Society, the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society.
Dr. Covington completed his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and was trained in General Surgery at University of Texas, Houston.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage nearly 800 Wound Care Centers® in the nation and saw approximately 285,000 new patients in 2015 through a connected network of partner hospitals and Wound Care Centers, academic medical centers, and other post‐acute sites. Healogics utilizes an evidence‐based systematic approach to chronic wound healing to treat an underserved and growing patient population. A fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private investment firm, is the majority shareholder of Healogics. For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.