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Why Choose Us For Wound Care?
Choosing the best possible option for treating your wound is extremely important, not just for diabetics but for anyone with a traumatic wound or
venous insufficiency. If you’re looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the hospital or the wound clinic, Illinois Foot & Ankle Center may be the
option for you. Often times, wound care requires several treatments. We strive to stay on schedule and do not overbook, saving you a lot of time
versus crowded hospitals.
During her training, Dr. May spent three years working in four different wound clinics. This provided her with invaluable experience treating
wounds of all types. Now, she is able to treat patients in the comfort of her own office, with access to the latest and best in grafts and other wound
Continue reading to learn more about the different types of wounds and why treatment from a highly qualified physician
such as Dr. May is important.
For those who are diabetic, it is important to see a podiatrist at
least annually for preventative care. Something as simple as a
callus can erupt into a diabetic foot ulceration quickly, requiring
Diabetic shoes or inserts can help prevent incidence of friction
that leads to calluses, reducing the risk of an ulceration.
Some diabetic patients may be considered high risk. This would
include those with decreased sensation (neuropathy) as well as
decreased blood flow.
If you are a high-risk patient, Medicare and other major
insurances usually cover check-ups and nail care every 9 weeks.
This is the result of extreme lower extremity edema, which is
caused by poor vein function. Ulcerations develop due to
excessive swelling and stretching of the skin.
Symptoms associated with venous insufficiency include:
Blisters on lower legs that “leak”
Tiredness in legs when walking
Legs feel heavy
If you’ve been injured and have a wound that will not heal, you
may require wound care treatment to prevent further
Wound Care Treatment
Your treatment will be customized to fit your specific needs. The following are examples of common steps taken during the
wound care process:
X-rays may be needed. We have digital x-ray available in our office, greatly speeding up the process. In some cases, an MRI
may also be required.
Labs and cultures/biopsies may be required to ensure proper diagnosis.
If warranted, antibiotics may be prescribed.
Off-loading for diabetic foot ulcerations by use of specialty shoes.
Compression dressings for edema and venous insufficiency.
Amniotic (stem cell) grafts
Collagen and/or several other wound care products
Wound vacs (negative pressure therapy)