Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois
Podiatrists located in Springfield, Decatur, Carlinville and Shelbyville, Illinois.
Wounds aren’t welcome anywhere on your body, but they can be especially uncomfortable and challenging to heal on your feet and legs. We will get you healed and back on your feet as fast as possible with lower extremity wound care at the Foot & Ankle Center. Take steps to heal your wound condition.
Wound Care Q & A
What does wound care entail?
When you develop a wound, you most likely begin the wound care process at home by cleaning the area and bandaging it. That’s a great start, but it may not be enough to help your wound heal fully. This is especially true of wounds on your feet, where walking and wearing shoes can aggravate the wound and slow its healing.
At Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois, wound care focuses on making sure there are no foreign particles in your wound that could create infection, then properly dressing and safeguarding the wound so it has the ability to heal as quickly as possible. The Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois team has expertise in caring for wounds anywhere on the lower extremities of your body. They specialize in:
- Diabetic wound care
- Puncture wounds
- Post-surgical wounds
- Wounds from an injury
- Pressure ulcers
Whatever type of wound is affecting your health, our team has the experience and commitment to the top-tier care that you need.
What happens if I experience a puncture wound on my foot?
Puncture wounds are unique because they can introduce foreign substances to your body, often far inside the wound. They’re also common, since simply stepping on sharp objects like nails or glass is enough to create a puncture wound.
If you experience a puncture wound in your foot, you should seek treatment within 24 hours. Your Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois provider can then analyze the wound, ensuring no outside objects remain. They can even use an X-ray if needed to be completely certain your wound is thoroughly cleaned. The team may also prescribe antibiotics or recommend you get a tetanus shot. Then they dress your foot, giving you specific care instructions for it. They also educate you about the signs of infection so you can remain vigilant.
How is wound care different for people with diabetes?
Because it decreases circulation in your extremities and can cause a loss of feeling, diabetes often results in slow-healing wounds in your feet. Left untreated, these diabetic ulcers can pose a serious threat, even leading to amputation.
The Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois team is extremely experienced in treating diabetic ulcers. And as they deliver effective treatment, they also educate you about how to avoid future ulcers. They also offer vascular testing to identify areas where blood flow is poor, keeping you informed about parts of your feet and legs that may need extra attention.
If you're interested in receiving treatment for your wounds,
Call Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois at (217) 787-2700 today!
We serve the following locations: Springfield, Decatur, Carlinville and Shelbyville, IL