OSF Wound Care highlights the importance of foot health during National Foot Health Awareness Month in April


  • National Foot Health Awareness Month

National Foot Health Awareness Month is in April. The OSF Wound Care at OSF HealthCare Holy Family Medical Health Center aims to educate the public on common foot wounds and treatment. Right now, nearly 7 million Americans are living with a chronic wound, and more than 2 million of those are suffering from diabetic foot ulcers.


Many suffering from chronic wounds have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as they have eschewed needed care during the past two years. For those suffering from wounds on their feet, many of these untreated and undertreated wounds have resulted in amputation, according to a study from the American Diabetes Association.


Managed by Healogics, the nation’s leading provider of advanced wound care, the OSF Wound Care at OSF Holy Family treats chronic foot and leg wounds that are often caused by underlying conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease.


The most common types of foot wounds are diabetic foot ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, arterial ulcers and pressure ulcers. The OSF Wound Care at OSF Holy Family specializes in treating these chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions.


There are preventative measures everyone can do to improve foot health. The OSF Wound Care at OSF Holy Family offers the following foot care tips:

  • Check your feet for red spots, cuts, swelling, blisters, sores or other injuries daily.
  • 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.
  • Take off your socks at your next check-up, and alert your doctor to any problems with your feet. Regular foot inspections are key to prevention.
  • Proper footwear, a healthy diet and maintaining healthy glucose levels can also help keep feet sore-free.


The OSF Wound Care at OSF Holy Family offers 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 chronic wounds, contact OSF Wound Care at 1000 W. Harlem Ave. in Monmouth or call (309) 734-1408.

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Carrie McCance
Public Relations & Communications Coordinator
(309) 344-3161 x61102