What happens at a wound care center

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This article is part of the Complete Guide to Wound Care.

If you're scheduling an appointment at a wound care center, chances are you're suffering from a wound that just won't heal. And you're not alone. It is estimated that more than 6.7 million people currently live with chronic and/or non-healing wounds. The best form of protection against non-healing wounds is prevention. But if you're already suffering from a chronic wound, a wound care center specializes in the care you need. 

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Diabetic? Put your best foot forward with our six tips for wound care

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This article is part of the Complete Guide to Wound Care.

A medical wound is an injury that affects living tissue. It is usually caused by a cut or a blister that breaks the skin open. The body is uniquely designed to deal with and heal wounds. However, sometimes the body needs help. During the wound healing, the affected area becomes surrounded with dead tissue. This necrotic tissue does not carry blood to the wound and is extremely harmful to the body's ability to recover and develop new skin. 

Diabetes and wound care 

Diabetes is a condition where the body does not use sugar efficiently. Elevated sugar levels cause a narrowing of the blood vessels. These blood vessels "stiffen" and become less effective. This is what causes your poor circulation. 

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