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UnityPoint Health Wound Centers Offer Foot Health Tips During National Foot Health Awareness Month


UnityPoint Health Wound Centers Offer Foot Health Tips
During National Foot Health Awareness Month

Peoria, IL (April 3, 2017) - April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and a time when the experts at the UnityPoint Health Wound Centers suggest people take a moment to stand up for their feet. According to the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society, the average person takes 10,000 steps each day which adds up to more than three million steps per year.

The UnityPoint Health Wound Centers treat chronic foot and leg wounds that are often caused by underlying conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease. It is estimated that 25 percent of the 29.1 million people living with diabetes will develop a diabetic foot ulcer and without treatment the wounds can lead to amputation or death.

"The statistics are truly startling when you realize that about 60 percent of non-traumatic limb amputations are performed on people living with diabetes," said Thomas Esposito, MD, MPH, FACS, Medical Director of the Wound Centers at UnityPoint Health – Methodist and Proctor, which specialize in the treatment of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions. “People diagnosed with diabetes can also experience co-existing conditions such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower-limb amputation. Diabetes related amputations are associated with chronic wounds caused by diabetes, especially diabetic foot ulcers. People with an amputation have a 50 percent mortality rate within five years.”

There are preventative measures everyone can take to improve foot health. The UnityPoint Health Wound Centers offers the following foot care tips:
Check your feet for sores or other injuries every day. You may have an injury, but cannot feel the pain.

Wash your feet every day and dry them with care, especially between the toes.

Trim your toenails as needed after you’ve washed and dried your feet.

Wear properly fitting shoes that do not rub or pinch your feet.

Always wear socks or stockings with your shoes, and never walk barefoot or while wearing just socks.

Physical activity can help increase circulation in your feet. Consult your healthcare team to see which physical activity is right for you.

The UnityPoint Health Wound Centers offer comprehensive wound care and leading edge treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

For more information on the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers or chronic or infected wounds, contact:
UnityPoint Health - Methodist Wound Center at 309/672-4582
UnityPoint Health - Proctor Wound Center at 309/689-6074
UnityPoint Health - Pekin Wound Center at 309/353-0765

About UnityPoint Health
UnityPoint Health provides comprehensive, coordinated care to patients throughout Central Illinois through our clinics, hospitals and home care services. Services are provided at three hospital campuses—UnityPoint Health – Methodist, UnityPoint Health – Proctor, and UnityPoint Health - Pekin —as well as through nearly 50 UnityPoint Clinic, Proctor First Care and ProHealth Medical Group locations, Proctor Medical Equipment, ProCare, Methodist College, the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, and the Hult Center for Health Living. A recognized leader in healthcare in our community, UnityPoint Health - Peoria combines advanced technology and comprehensive services with an emphasis in excellence, quality, safety and patient experience. UnityPoint Health - Peoria is a senior affiliate of UnityPoint Health, the nation’s fifth largest and one of the most integrated health systems.

About Healogics
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage nearly 800 Wound Care Centers® in the nation and saw approximately 285,000 new patients in 2015 through a connected network of partner hospitals and Wound Care Centers, academic medical centers, and other post-acute sites. Healogics utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing to treat an underserved and growing patient population. A fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private investment firm, is the majority shareholder of Healogics. For more information, please visit