How to Care for Your Scars After Foot Surgery  | Biodermis

How to Care for Your Scars After Foot Surgery |

There are many reasons a person might opt to undergo foot or ankle surgery. Bone spurs, a torn tendon, reconstructive surgery, and many other types of foot surgery can lead to post-operative scarring. The reason it is so difficult to treat scars on the feet is that our feet are in constant motion and continuously rubbing against our shoes and socks. The friction from our shoes and socks can disrupt the wound healing process, making it difficult to fully recover and control the subsequent scarring. Luckily, there are clinically-proven ways to minimize post-operative scarring and products are easily attainable.

Continue reading to learn more about foot surgery and to discover what you can do to help your scars heal quickly.

Foot surgery and foot scars
The medical practice of caring for the feet is called podiatry. Podiatrists treat a variety of conditions that affect these vital body parts. After all, we need our feet every day to walk, run, exercise, and travel from place to place. Depending on the type of foot surgery that you had, your surgeon will likely recommend that you keep weight off your foot for several weeks post-surgery. Casts or bandages should be worn to keep the foot protected and to speed up the wound-healing process. During the recovery process, if you are wearing a cast or bandage, you may not be able to wear socks or shoes. This is meant to reduce friction to the wound site that can delay healing.

Keeping your feet elevated is another way to help wounds heal after foot surgery. Some conditions, like diabetes, can severely restrict blood flow to the feet. When wounds aren’t receiving enough oxygen and nutrients transported by our blood, they will take much longer to heal. Other factors like smoking, unhealthy eating habits, and not drinking enough water can lengthen the wound healing process and lead to infection. It’s important to consult with your podiatrist to learn about all the ways to help your wounds heal so you can be back on your feet in no time.

Post-operative scar care
If you’re someone who wears sandals or other open-foot shoes throughout the year, then you might be self-conscious about foot scars. Sometimes, foot scars can be the result of something minor, like a blister or callous. It’s helpful to know that all wounds from surgery or injury follow the same wound healing process. By being aware of the wound healing process, we can take steps to help wounds along so we don’t have to deal with pesky scars later on. Most people think that once the scarring stage of wound healing occurs, then the wound is fully healed. While the wound might be closed, the scarring process can continue for several years afterward. During this time, collagen skin fibers are reorganizing themselves to repair and restructure the damaged skin. To help this collagen along, medical-grade silicone can be used.

Medical-grade silicone for scars is the only proven topical treatment to help reduce post-surgical scarring. Silicone gel works through the mechanisms of dermal hydration and collagen regulation to help flatten and bring the natural color back to your skin. Silicone gel is available through physicians or online. Ask your physician if silicone is the right scar treatment option for you and visit today.

Biodermis is an innovative market leader with 30 years of expertise in the medical silicone industry. Visit today to explore a complete range of scar management and post-operative care solutions.

Biodermis offers custom tailored referral programs designed to simplify and reduce the cost of your patients' post-op care. Additionally, we offer professional pricing if you opt to retail our products. Give us a call at 800.322.3729, and we will be happy to provide additional details on these programs.