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My foot wounds won't heal. Am I diabetic, or just paranoid?

My foot wounds won't heal. Am I diabetic, or just paranoid?

Concern: Anytime you have wounds that are slow to heal you should be evaluated. This could be the result of many things: diabetes, vascular disease, nutritional deficiencies and many more. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Top of foot started to exhibit pain then followed by itching nerves then more pain and now a wound that don't Wish to heal. Pain and itch still remain?

Top of foot started to exhibit pain then followed by itching nerves then more pain and now a wound that don't Wish to heal. Pain and itch still remain?

Get evaluated: I suggest you get an evaluation from a local Podiatrist, especially if you have a wound. Wounds can get infected so don't procrastinate. ...Read more

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Why is the small wound I had on my foot taking months to heal?

Why is the small wound I had on my foot taking months to heal?

Not sure: You need to have circulation evaluated. Possibly a biopsy of lesion to make sure it is not a type of cancer. Remove all sources of pressure. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a sewing needle foot puncture wound to take a long time to heal?

Is it normal for a sewing needle foot puncture wound to take a long time to heal?

Depends on a lot: Is the needle or portion of it in your foot? An infection can cause delayed healing and pain. Did you have a tetanus shot in last 5 years? Are you diabetic? Those with poor ciculation or immunocompomised will have delayed or no healing.

By the way, how long has it been? An uncomplicated stick from a needle if cared for properly in a healthy person should heal within 10 to n14 days. ...Read more

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How long can it take for Tendonitis and slight tear in tendon in the foot to heal? It’s been three months for me

How long can it take for Tendonitis and slight tear in tendon in the foot to heal? It’s been three months for me

Rehabilitation: Dear Nicole, an injury to the Achilles' tendon can take a while to heal. But your question is difficult to answer without a physical examination. There could be a trigger point in the calve muscles. It also depends on the mechanism of injury. Three weeks is long. Had a patient recently that rolled her calve on a foam roller and within 2 days pain improved. But a good examination needed ...Read more

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Road rash on shoulder cleaned w lpsaline n iodine should I continue with this routine should I air out the wound n a deep wound on feet n heal time?

Road rash on shoulder cleaned w lpsaline n iodine should I continue with this routine should I air out the wound n a deep wound on feet n heal time?

Tetanus booster: Your wound cleaning is fine. Make sure to have some one else look at it so that there are no foreign particles embedded in the wound.
Make sure to get tetanus booster shoot. If you never took tetanus vaccine, now would be a good time. ...Read more

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Will wearing a foot brace help heal midfoot ligament tear faster or is that more appropriate for a ankle tear?

Will wearing a foot brace help heal midfoot ligament tear faster or is that more appropriate for a ankle tear?

Rest, time, PT, Rx: Midfoot ligament tear will heal with rest and minimal immobilization. Ultrasound therapy is helpful. Injecting platelet rich plasma may help. An NSID is ok if you are able to tolerate the drug. I like the idea of your wearing a brace - it serves as a reminder to rest the foot. ...Read more

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Above my third toe is a puncture wound that won't heal. What should I do?

Above my third toe is a puncture wound that won't heal. What should I do?

See a doctor: If you have a non healing wound, you need to see a doctor to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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I've a small tear b/w the clit and the urethra. No pain or itching. The right side is bigger and I can see the ball. Will it heal on its own?

I've a small tear b/w the clit and the urethra. No pain or itching. The right side is bigger and I can see the ball. Will it heal on its own?

Need to be evaluated: Normally peri urethral tears that are not too deep do heal on their own but since I'm assuming you mean clitoris you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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I was wondering how I could heal a wound from vein surgery near my ankle?

I was wondering how I could heal a wound from vein surgery near my ankle?

Depends on wound.: If you have a wound as a result of a surgical incision then usually local care with keeping it clean, a topical antibacterial ointment and a dressing should heal it. If it is a venous ulcer, then you would need a full venous evaluation with a venous reflux sonogram and closure of any refluxing valves. It would be wise for you to see a vein specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Yaser medical student 2nd year : a 50 years old patient 2 years ago he is paralyzed on left side, he has a wound on his right toe which does not heal?

Yaser medical student 2nd year : a 50 years old patient 2 years ago he is paralyzed on left side, he has a wound on his right toe which does not heal?

Wound: This is far too complex to answer without a full work up and investigation into his vascular status, his pressure distribution and any type of bracing secondary to the paralysis and possibly infection. ...Read more

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Had surgery for a ingrow toe nail it has been six month wound won't heal?

Had surgery for a ingrow toe nail it has been six month wound won't heal?

Something is wrong: Gosh, why wait sooooo long?
What has gone on during that period of time....this is way too long of a time period for this to be going on. Did it heal and then perhaps come back? Mor never healed? Did the doctor attempt to redo the procedure? Sometimes nail spicule is left behind, or a cyst develops.....you need to get this fixed. I'd also get xrays to make sure no bone involvement. ...Read more

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I have a wound which is 1 cm wide and 5 mm deep near my big toe on the left leg. It was cleaned and dressed tightly. Will it heal without stitches?

I have a wound which is 1 cm wide and 5 mm deep near my big toe on the left leg. It was cleaned and dressed tightly. Will it heal without stitches?

Yes: In clean fresh wounds, we often stitch/suture incision together to minimize scarring. In older dirty wounds, we often leave it open to air (no stitches/sutures) to allow healing from within. This is more likely to cause scarring but we don't want close dirty old wounds out of fear of trapping bacteria in wound. So yes, wounds can heal w/o sutures but will take time & most likely end w/scar. ...Read more

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Have tear in ligament in my ankle. Not small. No insurance, and am getting free steroid shots. Have boot. Can this heal on own. Not should it, but can i?

Have tear in ligament in my ankle. Not small. No insurance, and am getting free steroid shots. Have boot. Can this heal on own. Not should it, but can i?

May be worse: A steroid may feel good because of the anesthetic with it, but the steroid actually delays healing if the ligament is really torn. At your age, don't guess about this and get this checked properly! Even without insurance, there may be some county/city clinic assistance available. Ask! If you use mobility and stability in your ankle, it can cause further pain and suffering in later years! ...Read more

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Had surgery for ingrown toenail 8 days ago and the wound still bleeds sometimes. How long it takes to heal in diabetes and why it still bleeds & pain?

Had surgery for ingrown toenail 8 days ago and the wound still bleeds sometimes. How long it takes to heal in diabetes and why it still bleeds & pain?

It should heal soon,: If not have the doc recheck it. An ingrown usually heals just a few days after it's excised. I tell patients to come back if it's not better in 4-5 days. Many times I have to go back and get some smaller pieces because even the smallest piece of debris retained can cause a problem. Diabetes and poor circulation can slow healing but 8 days is a bit much for that. Don't be afraid :) ...Read more

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Hi doc, I have a small wound on the side of my big toe next to the nail that will not heal. I cover it with neosporin and a bandaid twice a day.

Hi doc, I have a small wound on the side of my big toe next to the nail that will not heal. I cover it with neosporin and a bandaid twice a day.

Start Now, not later: Normally, small open wounds are not a problem, but when they will not heal, then you must take action. These small wounds, given time, can become large, troublesome wounds. Some potential concerns are blood supply to the toe, history of diabetes, infection and irritation of the wound. More than likely, this problem ends when these concerns are investigated, identified and corrected by a doctor. ...Read more

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Partial tendon tear or stress fracture in my ankle area on both legs. What can I do to heal it? How long usually does it take?

Partial tendon tear or stress fracture in my ankle area on both legs. What can I do to heal it? How long usually does it take?

It can take a while: Tendons receive a relatively poor blood supply, and can take a long time to heal. You need to rest it as much as possible. As hard as it might be, what rests that area better than anything is a non-weight bearing cast, and even this may take a couple of months.

Wish I had better news. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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I have a sore on my foot that won't heal?

I have a sore on my foot that won't heal?

Foot sore: Please do not ignore. See a physician asap. Get checked for diabetes, poor circulation in feet or nerve damage. If ignored may lead to loss of limb. ...Read more

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When they say sores that don't heal are linked to diabetes do they mean mainly on feet or everywhere? What's the biggest clue? Thanks dr!

When they say sores that don't heal are linked to diabetes do they mean mainly on feet or everywhere? What's the biggest clue? Thanks dr!

Yes to both: Diabetic ulcers typically occur on the lower legs. However, wounds everywhere can take longer to heal in diabetics.

Excessive thirst, frequent urination, and weight loss can be signs of undetected diabetes. ...Read more

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Cut on the ball of my feet under the big toe won't heal, help?

Diabetic?: If diabetic see doctor right away. If not, likely due to friction from ill fitting shoes or a boney growth. Get it checked by podiatrist. ...Read more

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Sore on my feet don't heal. Could I have diabetes?

Sore on my feet don't heal. Could I have diabetes?

Maybe: You could, but there are a lot of possibilities that affect wound healing. Thankfully, screening for diabetes is very easy - a simple blood test can tell you if you have it. If not, your doctor can help look for other causes. ...Read more

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How to stop a foot wound from weeping?

How to stop a foot wound from weeping?

Natural Process: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells that give it color. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered. ...Read more