Published on October 01, 2012

Q&A: Wound care

with podiatrist Dr. Frank Ziskows

Frank Ziskowski, DPM, is a podiatrist who specializes in wound care and is trained as a reconstructive podiatric surgeon. He heals and repairs serious foot and leg wounds.

Frank ZiskowsHere, Dr. Ziskowski explains what he does and why he specialized in wound care.

Q. What do wound care specialists do?

Podiatric wound care specialists offer a wide range of treatments to help heal wounds on the feet and lower legs that aren’t getting better on their own. Wounds that don’t heal can lead to infections and even amputations. However, there is usually one or more underlying reasons that a wound doesn’t heal normally. It’s vital to look at the patient as a whole. Also, you can understand quite a bit about systemic diseases or illnesses from the foot, sometimes before symptoms show up anywhere else in the body.

Q. Why did you choose podiatry?

It started with career day in 7th grade. I shadowed a podiatrist, and I fell in love with the whole concept of treating people, doing surgery and making house calls, but still being able to balance having time for a family. With wound care, it’s very rewarding to help the healing progress. If a patient has given up on a wound, they may talk about amputation. So, it’s wonderful to be able to help people avoid that and to be functional, active and normal again.

Q. How do you unwind after a day?

I’m a huge sports fan. I played baseball in college, and was in a semi-pro baseball league as well. At home, my wife and I are focused on our three children. I love spending time with them—making sure that they enjoy sports and outdoor activities and get a good education.