If you step on a foreign object or accidentally cut your foot, wound care can prevent further complications, ease pain, and speed up your body’s recovery process. At Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist, Christopher Vittori, DPM, and Ameet Thakrar, DPM, offer a comprehensive suite of wound care services for people of all ages. To schedule an appointment at the office in Homer Glen or New Lenox, Illinois, call or click the online booking tool.
Wound care treats and prevents cuts, lacerations, punctures, and abrasions. It uses a variety of treatments, including topical ointments, bandages, and synthetic tissue substitutes to encourage healing and lower the risk of infection or gangrene.
Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist uses wound care to treat various issues, including:
Abrasions develop when your skin scrapes against a hard surface like concrete or pavement. These wounds don’t trigger much bleeding, but they often collect dirt and debris, increasing the risk of infection.
Lacerations are a type of wound that causes your skin to separate, forming a visible gash. They vary in severity and can be mild or deep. Common causes of lacerations include slip and fall accidents or running into a sharp object with bare feet.
A puncture wound occurs if you step down on a sharp object like a nail, carpet tack, or screw. These wounds require immediate treatment because they often become infected.
Avulsions are wounds that cause your skin to tear away from the tissue underneath. These types of wounds rarely affect the feet, but when they do, are usually due to a car accident or crush injury.
Most minor wounds respond to at-home treatments like topical ointments and bandages. Make an appointment at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist if:
You should also seek professional medical help if the wound interferes with your ability to stand or walk.
The type of wound care that will most benefit you depends on the severity of the wound and the underlying cause.
Following a comprehensive exam and a discussion of your symptoms, Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist can make recommendations for treatment. That might include cleaning and packing the wound with gauze, applying a synthetic tissue substitute, or taking prescription antibiotics to lower the risk of infection.
If you have a severe wound, stitches, sutures, or surgical intervention might be necessary.
Don’t wait to make a wound care appointment at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist. Call the nearest office or click the online booking tool.