Limb Salvage Specialist

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics

Podiatry located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and Chicago, IL

Nearly 85% of lower limb amputations start out as a foot ulcer. The board-certified wound care doctors at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, Khalid Husain, DPM, Gene Choi, DPM, Jennifer Kirchens, DPM, and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, are leading experts in wound management and limb salvage. For expert care of your foot ulcer from a team devoted to saving your limb, contact the office in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, or the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, by phone or online today.

Limb Salvage Q & A

What is limb salvage?

Limb salvage is a specialized area of medicine focused on saving a limb that would otherwise be amputated. The podiatry experts at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics include podiatrists fellowship trained in limb salvage who have a high success rate.  

In addition to saving your limb, the goal of limb salvage at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics is to ensure you retain the highest level of lower extremity function as possible while keeping your recovery time as short as possible. 

Am I a good candidate for limb salvage?

The fellowship-trained limb salvage podiatrists at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics determine if you’re a good candidate for limb salvage during an evaluation. The team takes a very individualized approach to this highly specialized area of podiatry and takes into consideration the severity of your wound and related complications (if any), as well as your medical history.

If you have a nonhealing foot wound and fear you are at risk of amputation, the team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics can provide the care you need to maximize healing and minimize loss. 

Proper foot ulcer care is especially important if you have a history of diabetes, neuropathy, or poor circulation. These medical conditions affect your body’s wound-healing abilities, which may increase your risk of developing an infection that leads to an amputation. 

What can I expect during a limb salvage evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive and compassionate evaluation when you come in to see the limb salvage experts at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics. The team understands how an amputation can affect your physical and emotional health, and conduct thorough examinations during a limb salvage evaluation to ensure all avenues for saving your limb are explored.

During your evaluation, the team asks detailed questions about your wound, including onset and the treatments you’ve tried. The specialists review your medical history and may request diagnostic tests, such as blood tests, X-rays, and ultrasounds, to further assess your wound and health to ensure you get the most effective treatment plan.

What are limb salvage treatments?

When it comes to saving your limb, the fellowship-trained limb salvage podiatrists at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics develop individualized treatment plans aimed at optimizing foot function. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Wound debridement
  • Ongoing wound-care management
  • Antibiotics
  • Removal of infected tissue and fluid
  • Foot reconstruction surgery

To ensure wound healing and limb salvage, the podiatry team takes a multidisciplinary approach that may include referrals to a vascular surgeon, an infectious disease specialist, physical therapy, or occupational therapy. The team also works closely with your primary care physician to help manage any chronic health condition that may hinder wound healing. 

To schedule your limb salvage evaluation, call Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics or request an appointment online today.