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How can I remove hypa tape from around ankle leg ulcer without tearing my skin?

How can I remove hypa tape from around ankle leg ulcer without tearing my skin?

Warm water...time: I am assuming you are talking about hypafix tape which sticks to the skin. The easiest way is to soak the entire dressing with warm water or saline until it loosens up. More importantly, it is never a good idea to use tape directly on the skin if it can be avoided. Ankle ulcers are typically a result of varicose veins. A compression dressing avoids the use of tape and provides compression therapy. ...Read more

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Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more


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During foot reconstruction for foot compartment syndrome damage, cut plantar fascia off my heel bone. Will it scar back to heel or remain floating?

During foot reconstruction for foot compartment syndrome damage, cut plantar fascia off my heel bone. Will it scar back to heel or remain floating?

It Will Scar down: The ligament will grow and attach in an elongated status. Massage frequently during the first 8 weeks to minimize scar fibrosis, scaring and use an arch support or orthotic to decrease stress on this plantar fascial ligament. ...Read more

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How can I remove the dressing round ankle leg ulcer without causing bleeding?

How can I remove the dressing round ankle leg ulcer without causing bleeding?

Dressing: Sometimes if you add Normal Saline to the dressing where it is sticking to the wound, it won't pull and tear the skin. ...Read more

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Wearing a boot on foot ( torn fascia).Its hot and makes foot sweat and causing itchy rash . Ideas on keeping it dry & irritation free?

Wearing a boot on foot ( torn fascia).Its hot and  makes foot sweat and causing itchy rash . Ideas on keeping it dry & irritation free?

Sweaty boot: Try using talcum powder on your feet, stocking and in the boot. You can also try calamine lotion. When not wearing the boot soak your foot in cool water inf possible and keep a fan on your feet. ...Read more

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Cut open inner calf on dirtbike foot peg to the bone, 10 internal and a running stitch outer. Skin is growing over my stitches, is that ok? Gonna hurt

Cut open inner calf on dirtbike foot peg to the bone, 10 internal and a running stitch outer. Skin is growing over my stitches, is that ok? Gonna hurt

Stitches: How long have they been in? 5 to 14 days depending on body location is norm. As long as the loops of a running stitch are exposed (to where they can get a fine scissors tip under) they can be removed. ...Read more

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Ankle orif 8 screws/plate outside, 2 screws inside ankle.All removed due to infection 6/29/13. Normal to still have pain & flexibility probs?Prognosis?

Ankle orif 8 screws/plate outside, 2 screws inside ankle.All removed due to infection 6/29/13. Normal to still have pain & flexibility probs?Prognosis?

Best answered: By someone reviewing your xrays and examining your foot. Residual pain is certainly plausible from the injury itself...Osteoarthritis is a possibility as well. If your hardware was removed due to an infection then your immediate concern should be the infection being cleared and then discuss with doc how we can move forward from there....Your too young to have continued pain... ...Read more

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Could a knee bandage cause ankle and foot swelling?

Could a knee bandage cause ankle and foot swelling?

Yes...: If the bandage is too tight the area below the area may get increased swelling. ...Read more

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Broke big toe on 8/12. Detached toenail. Skin is falling off in sheets from ALL toes on the foot. No cast. Walking boot,now surgical shoe. Why?

Broke big toe on 8/12. Detached toenail. Skin is falling off in sheets from ALL toes on the foot. No cast. Walking boot,now surgical shoe. Why?

Quit Sloughing off.: Skin sloughing, particularly after a period of immobilization and departure from one's daily bathing routine, is almost a given when the immobilization and swelling end. Layers of dead skin cells that are normally sloughed during one's daily routine have piled up and are revealed as these skin "sheets". One can only imagine how much skin is shedded daily by your body daily. ...Read more

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Finger avulsion, nail bed intact. Distal finger pad tore off, no tendon exposed, no bone fracture. Full movement, Tx options full thickness graft, leave to heal on own, or amputate proximal to nail bed. Risks and recommendations.

Finger avulsion, nail bed intact. Distal finger pad tore off, no tendon exposed, no bone fracture. Full movement, Tx options full thickness graft, leave to heal on own, or amputate proximal to nail bed. Risks and recommendations.

Avoid amputation: If you have adequate soft tissue over the bone and tendon, there would be no reason to amputate. A tip without graft will usually gradually fill in, but graft can get quicker coverage. A general rule of thumb is that if area is less than 1 cm in diameter graft not much benefit, if it is quite a bit larger than that then placing a graft on is a consideration. ...Read more

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2.5 cm cut, top of foot below big toe, 6 stiches. Hallucis longus tendon was partially cut, wearing a cam boot. Is it ok to be on feet 5 hours?

2.5 cm cut, top of foot below big toe, 6 stiches. Hallucis longus tendon was partially cut, wearing a cam boot. Is it ok to be on feet 5 hours?

Don't even ask.: This is an example of one of those hypotheticals that that surgeons are expected to have an answer for without knowing all the details. After practicing for almost forty years, my answer has never wavered. "If you have to ask, the answer is NO." ...Read more

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Mild CRPS after foot fracture and surgery. Symptoms- burning, throbbing pain, pitting edema, foot warm, red, red dots over foot. Options?

Mild CRPS after foot fracture and surgery. Symptoms- burning, throbbing pain, pitting edema, foot warm, red, red dots over foot. Options?

Define CRPs: CRP = C reactive Protein? This could be reflex dystrophy (complex regional pain syndrome). You need discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Treated callous with ointment and wrap foot with gald wrap.Then started to get pain under ball of foot. 1year pain still very bad. Damage to nerve?

Possible nerve: Nerve injuries tends to occur when standing and sitting and can be described as "tingly or burning." If your pain is only when your standing you may have injured one of the small bones under the ball of your foot called "sesamoids." ...Read more

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Ankle sprain 3+ months ago. Can scar tissues in the ankle cause tightness inside the ankle. How to loosen tightness? Pain in ankle during calf stretch

Ankle sprain 3+ months ago. Can scar tissues in the ankle cause tightness inside the ankle. How to loosen tightness? Pain in ankle during calf stretch

Scar is your friend: In this case scar is your friend as it by this mechanism that healing of sprains occurs it takes several months to fully recover/ try to avoid repeat injuries general stretching helps/ backward walking helps/ hot and cold packs help and the both work go back and forth between the two also consider wrapping the ankle with plastic wrap at bedtime this helps to limber up stiff tissue good luck in. ...Read more

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Can trauma to partial knee replacement loosen prosthesis have pain around it and down leg into foot foot feels weird?

Can trauma to partial knee replacement loosen prosthesis have pain  around it and down leg  into foot foot feels weird?

Yes: A significant fall or even a car accident, this can dislodge or loosen a previously well fixed partial or total knee replacement. The numbness might be due to a contusion of one of the nerves around the knee. I would suggest seeing your surgeon for an exam and possible x-ray. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pain inner foot & ankle. No injury. Very sore to touch. Swelling. Pain worse at rest & radiate to whole foot & leg. Difficult to weight bear from rest?

Varies: There are multiple potential causes for pain in that area including inflammatory, arthritic, and nerve compression conditions. A detailed exam can likely go a long way in making the diagnosis and then treatment options can be discussed. ...Read more

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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more