If you are currently seeking wound care for your lower extremities, you’ve come to the right place. At Midwest Podiatry, our doctors are experts in providing top-of-the-line, personalized wound care treatment for patients of all ages.
All our care plans are personalized to respect your symptoms, health, and needs.
Before we begin treating any wound, one of our compassionate podiatrists will perform an assessment to understand your symptoms and medical background better. From there, they will explore various treatment options to give you the best possible care.
What is Wound Care?
The wound care that we focus on is any wound on the lower extremities, that is any wounds found on the legs or feet. These wounds can be acute, but many of them stem from underlying conditions, such as diabetes.
Wound care at Midwest Podiatry oversees every stage of treatment:
- Initial assessment and diagnosis
- Cleaning and dressing
- Pain relief
- Physical therapy
Our doctors will make a diagnosis that helps frame the entire structure of your treatment plan. Our goal is to help you heal as quickly and comfortably as possible, as well as minimize any potential side effects from your wound, especially any further infection.
We understand that having a foot wound can be frightening and frustrating. You can count on our team to provide you with the treatment, guidance, and information you need to heal.
All of our treatment plans take your lifestyle into account. Doing so helps us understand risk factors that could impact wound healing, as well as identify treatment options and supportive therapies that could relieve pain and improve mobility as you recover.
Types of Wound Care
Every type of wound has an ideal treatment that will promote natural healing and lead to the most desirable outcomes. The goal is to restore functionality and mobility as quickly as possible, while also reducing any pain, swelling, and discomfort you feel during the recovery process.
Some of the treatments we provide during appointments include:
- Debridement: Cleaning the wound and removing any thickened skin around the affected area.
- Wound Dressings: Comfortable, durable wound dressings that protect the skin from dirt and debris to reduce the risk of infection.
- Negative Wound Pressure Therapy: Drawing infection out of a wound using a specialized bandage, tubing, and vacuum pump. The dressing is changed 2-3 times a week after treatment until the wound is healed.
- Antibiotic Creams: Our podiatrists may prescribe stronger antibiotic creams to apply regularly to treat an infection.
- Skin Substitutes: Our wound care experts use state-of-the-art bioengineered tissues to promote wound healing. Not only do they facilitate wound closure, but they also keep the bacterial count low, which is also important.
Additionally, your podiatrist may suggest using laser therapy to treat some types of ulcers or open wounds. This non-invasive procedure uses warm, light energy to stimulate your body’s natural healing processes. In addition to accelerating recovery, it can also reduce pain and improve comfort.
Ongoing Support That Helps You Heal
Helping our patients take care of themselves at home is part of our care. At any point in your recovery process, you can count on us.
We will take time to answer all of your questions about wound care, and give you detailed instructions on how to tend to your wound at home. In addition to follow-up appointments, we are always available to offer guidance if you experience any complications or have any concerns.
Specialized Diabetic Foot Wound Care
Diabetes affects the blood vessels and nerves in the feet, which can lead to neuropathic pain, swelling, tenderness, and the development of diabetic foot ulcers.
Diabetic foot care is a complex discipline, one that requires specialized knowledge and cutting-edge treatments that minimize pain and accelerate healing.
We understand that living with diabetes creates unique challenges, and we want to provide every patient with the best care that recognizes the way diabetes affects their lives. If you develop any issues with your feet from diabetes, the team at Midwest Podiatry is ready and eager to help treat your symptoms.
With up to 25% of people with diabetes developing foot ulcers, it’s important to have a reliable medical professional you can contact whenever you develop symptoms. We are always available to take patients in and give them the swift response they deserve.
Contact Us Today
No matter what type of wound you’re facing, we’re here to help. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our offices in Blaine, Burnsville, Duluth, St. Anthony, Richfield, Minneapolis, Plymouth, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, or Edina. Call us at (612) 788-8778, or request an appointment online.