Wound Care Specialist

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics

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

Poorly healing foot or ankle wounds may increase your risk of infection or limb amputation. The podiatry experts at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, include board-certified wound care specialists who are leading experts in the field and can provide the care you need to heal your wound and prevent complications. To schedule an evaluation with one of the wound care experts, Khalid Husain, DPM, Gene Choi, DPM, Jennifer Kirchens, DPM, or Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, call the office closest to you or request an appointment online today.

Wound Care Q & A

What is wound care?

Wound care is a medical specialty focused on treating wounds that won’t heal. The team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics includes board-certified wound care physicians considered leaders in the field. These specialists provide attentive and comprehensive wound care treatments that promote healing and reduce the risk of infection and limb loss.

You can develop foot or ankle wounds from a number of causes, including surgery, poor-fitting shoes, or pressure when laid up in bed for a prolonged period of time. When your wound doesn’t heal, it may be referred to as a nonhealing wound or ulcer. 

You are at risk of developing a nonhealing wound if you have a history of diabetes or poor circulation. Smoking, poor nutrition, and limited mobility also increase your risk of developing a nonhealing wound. 

When should I seek medical help for my wound?

You should seek expert help for your foot or ankle wound if it hasn’t started healing after two weeks of home care or isn’t fully healed after six weeks. You should also contact the experts at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics if your wound is:

  • Draining fluid
  • Inflamed or red
  • Painful
  • Emitting an odor

If you have diabetes, you should schedule an appointment immediately for the management of your wound. People with diabetes are at greater risk of developing nonhealing foot ulcers, referred to as diabetic ulcers, because excess sugar in the blood damages the blood vessels and nerve endings in the feet. This damage inhibits wound healing.

What can I expect during wound care treatment?

You can expect comprehensive and attentive care when coming in to see the leading wound care experts at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics. Before the team begins your treatment, they review your symptoms and medical history and closely examine your wound. If needed, a tissue sample is taken and sent to the lab for evaluation.

Treatment of your wound depends on the severity of the wound and your medical history. The board-certified wound care podiatrists at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics develop individualized treatment plans so you get the most effective care. Treatment of your wound may include:

  • Wound debridement (removal of dead tissue)
  • Regular wound cleaning and dressing changes
  • Antibiotics

It can take months for your foot or ankle wound to fully heal. The wound care specialists work closely with you, providing advanced treatments to support tissue healing and prevent further damage or the need for an amputation.

For expert wound care, contact Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics by phone or online today.