Amputation Prevention Specialist

Ankle & Foot Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Norwood Park, Chicago, IL

Diabetes, structural deformities, tumors, and severe trauma can all increase your risk of a lower extremity amputation. If you have a limb-threatening wound or injury, contact James Elipas, DPM, and John Flanagan, DPM, at Ankle & Foot Specialists in Chicago, Illinois, as soon as possible. The podiatrists incorporate wound care and limb salvage procedures into your amputation prevention treatment plan so you can preserve your limb. Click the online booking tool or call to schedule an appointment at the Norwood Park office today.

Amputation Prevention

What is amputation prevention?

Amputation prevention is a package of personalized treatments designed to promote healing and lower your risk of needing a toe, foot, or lower leg amputation. Your amputation prevention treatment plan may include:

  • Diabetes management
  • Vascular and neurological evaluations
  • Regenerative medicine treatments 
  • In-office treatment for vascular wounds, diabetic ulcers, and gangrene

Your amputation prevention treatment plan might also incorporate a surgical procedure that’s entirely tailored to you. 

Why do I need amputation prevention?

Diabetes is one of the most common reasons why you’d need an amputation prevention treatment plan from Ankle & Foot Specialists. Having diabetes can lead to poor circulation, nerve damage, and slow-healing wounds that can become dangerously infected.  

However, amputation prevention is important for other issues, too. Your podiatrist at Ankle & Foot Specialists may recommend an amputation prevention plan if you have:

  • Frostbite 
  • Crush injuries 
  • Malignant tumors 
  • Dead tissue, or gangrene
  • Abnormal foot structures
  • Severe viral or bacterial infections 

The podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Specialists are diligent about using every possible treatment option to preserve your limb and lower your risk of amputation. 

What can I expect from my amputation prevention plan?

The team at Ankle & Foot Specialists collaborates throughout your amputation prevention treatment plan to ensure you receive comprehensive care. When you come in for your amputation prevention evaluation, you meet with a dedicated podiatrist. They look over your medical records and talk with you about your health history.

Your podiatrist thoroughly examines your feet and conducts any necessary testing, such as imaging or nerve studies, to determine the severity of your condition. Once your podiatrist diagnoses you, they talk with you about what to expect throughout every stage of your amputation prevention plan.

For minor to moderate wounds, your podiatrist can treat you right away and counsel you about wound care management at home. Your podiatrist can prescribe any medications, such as antibiotics, or provide stem cell therapy injections to help you heal.

If you have an advanced ulcer or gangrene tissue, or a complex injury or deformity, a surgical correction might be necessary. Using modern tools and techniques, your podiatrist can graft tissues, correct structural deformities, realign or fuse bones, and make any other necessary repairs to restore your lower extremity health.

Ankle & Foot Specialists is a leader in advanced amputation prevention solutions. Schedule your amputation prevention exam online or by phone today.