As children, our wounds would heal almost regardless of what we did. Yet, somehow, as we age and suffer some of the accompanying illnesses, our skin’s ability to heal from lacerations decreases and many of us find ourselves with a wound that simply will not heal. If you are suffering from a foot or ankle laceration that is abnormally slow to heal, an experienced foot and ankle specialist can provide treatment options that increase healing time, prevent further injury or infection, and reduce scarring.
Wound healing revolves around two factors — adequate blood flow to the laceration and prevention of infections. Wounds that aren’t healing properly are generally suffering from inadequate blood flow or have become infected. While there are a number of techniques that can be employed at home to help increase blood flow, an infection in a laceration requires a foot and ankle specialist.
How A Professional Foot and Ankle Specialist Can Help
- Assessing the wound AND the surrounding tissues, muscles, and tendons thoroughly. Diagnosing the wound without a thorough examination of the surrounding tissue and tendon health can lead to chronic injuries and a potential need for surgical repair in the future.
- Reviewing the patient’s full medical history to ensure there are no conditions that leave the wound at risk for infection or scarring. This history is also critical when it comes to deciding upon anesthetic options during treatment and determining whether any vaccinations are required.
- Suturing options will be reviewed. For most lacerations, suturing is the most effective method of treatment. Suture options can include stitches, staples, skin closure tapes, and tissue adhesives.
- Administering follow-up instructions and care. A foot and ankle specialist will advise on the appropriate follow-up care for patients while scheduling an appointment to monitor the wound’s healing.
Seeking out an experienced foot and ankle specialist to treat your foot laceration can mean the difference between an infection that could ravage your entire foot and a safe, timely, and visually appealing healing process. If you are suffering from a slow-healing wound, visit the NJ Foot and Ankle specialists’ website today to request an appointment.