Wound Care

Wound Care services offered in Russell, PA and Lakewood and Westfield, NY

Wound Care

With proper care, you can avoid amputations and other adverse consequences of untended diabetes complications like foot ulcers. At Susz Podiatry & Wound Care, leading board-certified podiatrist John Susz, DPM, FACFAS, and the skilled team offer advanced wound care that can help you avoid severe complications like amputation. Don’t let your wounds get worse. With three offices in Westfield and Lakewood, New York, and Russell, Pennsylvania, you can easily book online or contact the office near you for state-of-the-art wound care. 

What causes slow-healing wounds on my feet and ankles?

Slow-healing wounds on your feet and ankles are often connected to conditions affecting your nerves, circulatory system, or both. Some of the numerous conditions that can lead to open wounds include:

  • Uncontrolled Type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Traumatic injury
  • Varicose veins 

If you suffer from any condition affecting your nerves, circulation, or ability to heal, you have an elevated risk for slow-healing wounds. Tight control of your underlying condition is absolutely crucial, as are specialty foot and ankle care at Susz Podiatry & Wound Care.

Why do I need to take care of wounds immediately?

Even a small delay in getting wound care could lead to severe consequences like infection and ulceration, leading to amputation. A small wound on your ankle or foot might not seem like a big deal right now, but when you can’t heal efficiently, it can quickly grow advanced enough to threaten your foot and ankle health and whole-body wellness. 

What are the different wound care options?

Susz Podiatry & Wound Care offers a full range of wound care options. Your podiatrist always tailors your care for the specific situation, and they only design a treatment plan after carefully evaluating your medical history, current situation, and personal needs.

Treatments may include wound cleaning, topical medication like ointments, and bandaging.  If you have necrotic (dead) tissue around the wound, your podiatrist can surgically remove it and use specialized wound healing treatments to help you heal, such as an amniotic skin graft. 

Amniotic skin grafts come from placental tissue that’s donated by mothers after scheduled Cesarean sections. Amniotic tissue has extremely potent healing properties and can stimulate restoration even where other methods have failed.

Types of amniotic skin grafts include:

  • AmnioCore®: a three-layer amniotic tissue skin graft
  • Affinity®: a fresh bi-layer amniotic membrane tissue graft
  • Apligraf®: a living cellular skin substitute

In addition, your podiatrist may use PuraPly®, a collagen sheet featuring a broad-spectrum antimicrobial barrier. This helps control biofilm regrowth as you heal. 

Skin grafting is a safe and effective way to get a large influx of growth factors directly into wounds like pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers, and burns. This stimulates rapid healing, allowing you to grow your new tissue.

You may need specialized footwear, like diabetic shoes or custom-made orthotics, to protect your wound as it heals.

To get safe, effective, and fast wound healing from the leading providers in podiatry, call Susz Podiatry & Wound Care, or use the online appointment tool now.