The Wound Care Clinic at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin is a valuable resource of the Foot and Ankle Program. It is a nurse-run, multidisciplinary clinic with a focus on the whole patient, not just the wound. Nursing and physical therapy professionals work closely with the patient’s referring physician to identify the cause of the wound and manage the factors that may delay healing. Typically, our patients work with one provider who manages all of their wound care. It’s a centralized approach which creates better communication and more effective treatments. We also refer patients to other health professionals within Froedtert & The Medical College as needed, including dietitians, social workers and others. We involve our patients in their own care and to develop a partnership with them to help achieve the best possible outcome.
The Wound Care Clinic uses evidence-based treatments to meet the wound care needs of each patient. We start with the simplest approaches to optimize healing and modify the treatment plan as needed. As appropriate, we teach patients and their caregivers how to properly care for their wounds and promote healing. We also teach patients how to help prevent a recurrence of the wound. Regular follow-up care is important part of our approach.
We treat the entire spectrum of foot and ankle wounds, from complex surgical wounds, traumatic injury and arterial and venous wounds to pressure ulcers, diabetic wounds and wounds related to diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma and more.
From debridement and dressings to management of edema and lymphedema issues, our experienced and highly trained staff provides thorough wound care. We examine all the related issues that can affect healing including nutrition, exercise, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and other lifestyle factors. We also examine underlying medical conditions that may affect healing and refer our patients to other specialists as needed.
We see a large number of diabetic patients and we work to address all the factors that may affect the wound and healing including off-loading (or taking pressure off the wound), blood sugar control, proper nutrition and the need for specialty footwear.