Wound Care Specialist

Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Crown Point, IN & Munster, IN

If you have a wound that won’t heal or think you may have an infection, don’t wait for things to get worse. Contact the professional team at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute in Munster and Crown Point, Indiana. These board-certified physicians, including diabetic foot care and limb salvage specialist Dr. Michael Lacey, offer a range of wound care services from debridement to synthetic skin graft substitutes to help you heal. To schedule your initial consultation, call the office or go online to book.

Wound Care Q & A

Who needs wound care?

If you have an injury that results in open damage to your skin, you may need wound care. While many wounds heal on their own, large cuts, scrapes, or punctures may require medical care, especially if the injury is deep, you can’t close the wound, or it’s difficult to get clean, as this can result in an infection.

After surgery, you may have a post-op wound that needs care or is at risk for infection. If you suffer from diabetes, have an immune-impacting condition, or have a wound that doesn’t heal, seek the advice of a wound care specialist at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute.

 

Why do diabetics need specialized foot care?

If you have diabetes, you’re at an increased risk of developing neuropathy in your feet. Neuropathy leads to numbness, and you could injure your foot without noticing. People with severe neuropathy may step on a sharp object and not feel the pain or notice when the area festers or becomes infected.

Foot ulcers, or sores that form on the bottom of the feet, develop in about 15% of patients with diabetes. Of this population, up to 14% to 24% may require a lower limb amputation.

 

How are wounds treated?

The severity of your wound determines the way your doctor treats it. The team of doctors at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute may use debridement to remove any dead skin or tissue from your wound. They may soak your wound in a liquid that dissolves or breaks down dead skin cells. When a more aggressive approach is necessary, your doctor may suggest suction or surgical debridement.

In some cases, Dr. Lacey may use synthetic skin graft substitutes to mimic the role and function of the skin and help you heal. These skin substitutes keep your wound closed and protect you from infection.

For diabetic foot ulcers, Dr. Lacey may do a total contact casting. By covering the whole foot, weight becomes evenly distributed and takes the pressure off the area where the ulcer formed.

If you suffer from a wound that won’t heal, it’s time to seek the care of a wound specialist. Call Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute today to schedule your initial consultation, or go online to book anytime.