Wound Care Specialist

Range Foot & Ankle

Katie Evans, DPM

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Virginia, MN & Two Harbors, MN

If you have diabetes or venous disease, you’re also at a higher risk of developing open wounds or slow-healing ulcers. At Range Foot & Ankle in Virginia and Two Harbors, Minnesota, Katie Evans, DPM, proudly offers in-office wound care using surgical debridement and cutting-edge in-office wound grafts. To request your appointment, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool and make your appointment today.

Wound Care Q & A

Why do diabetes and venous disease increase my risk of foot wounds?

Diabetes doesn’t just affect your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. It also impacts your circulation and increases your risk of peripheral neuropathy or permanent nerve damage. Over time, peripheral neuropathy may cause you to lose sensation in your feet, making it difficult to notice if you cut your foot or step on a foreign object. Left untreated, a scrape or puncture wound can become infected and lead to more serious problems such as gangrene or even amputation. Diabetes and venous disease also affect circulation to your feet, and this slows down your body’s natural ability to heal itself. 

What are my wound care options?

At Range Foot & Ankle, Dr. Evans provides a full suite of wound care offerings, including: 

Apligrafs®

An Apligraf is a living, bilayered skin substitute used to treat chronic venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. Similar to human skin, Apligraf consists of structural proteins and living cells that replicate your skin’s texture and durability. Dr. Evans applies Apligrafs in-office as an outpatient procedure. 

NuShield®

If you have a trauma wound, pressure ulcer, venous leg ulcer, or diabetic ulcer, you might benefit from NuShield treatment. NuShield is a sterilized placental allograft that supports your body’s natural healing processes. NuShield is more versatile than other skin grafts thanks to its unique properties. NuShield is also considered more complete and versatile. Dr. Evans also applies NuShield grafts in-office.

PuraPly®

PuraPly is an antimicrobial solution designed to eliminate pathogens that form on the surface of chronic wounds. PuraPly uses nontoxic, PHMB, an antimicrobial substance that promotes healing while significantly lowering your risk of infection.

Surgical debridement

During surgical debridement, Dr. Evans carefully removes unhealthy, dead tissue around a wound using a handheld tool. By removing the excess tissue, she lowers your risk of infection and promotes quicker healing. 

What type of wound care is right for me?

To determine the type of wound care that’s right for you, schedule an appointment at Range Foot & Ankle. Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, Dr. Evans can formulate a treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs. This might include surgical debridement followed by an in-office skin graft or a thorough cleaning and “watchful waiting” approach. 

Don’t let your open wounds get worse. Make an appointment at Range Foot & Ankle by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool today.