Skin Grafts for the feet are generally used to treat large wounds. Those who have had their feet burned or gone through traumatic injuries usually must receive skin grafts. If a skin graft is thin, it is likely to bond correctly, but is unfortunately not as durable. Skin grafts should not be applied directly over foot tendons, cartilage or bone since they do not provide it with enough blood supply necessary for healing. Skin used for grafts are taken from other parts of the body, including the buttocks, thighs, stomach, back, head and arms.
The different phases of skin graft healing include:
- Skin grafts heal through stages called plasmatic, inosculation and reinnervation.
- Plasmatic imbibition involves the skin graft living off local blood supply from the wound area.
- Inosculation calls for new blood vessels developing in the wound and connecting to the skin graft.
- Reinnervation includes complete healing and can take up to 48 months.
- Throughout the above described stages, fibrin and collagen assist with bonding the skin graft to the wound. The skin graft generally bonds to the wound within a week after the first surgery. The most important initial part of healing is keeping the graft moist and in an antimicrobial state.
Skin grafts may sound complicated, but they are sometimes essential in wound healing and preventing infection from becoming rampant. Since feet are in contact with many surfaces, this procedure is very important. Please contact us for more detailed information about skin grafts and how they may be able to help you. Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI, our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, will be able to provide you with the skin grafts your feet may require. So, take the time to make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above. Also, please see our Patient Education library to learn more about other complications that can affect your foot and ankle health.
Ankle Sprains, unfortunately, occur with little to no notice. There are a variety of ankle conditions that can cause sprains for a number of reasons. Ankle sprains involve a sudden twist of the ankle joint whereby the ligaments that the ankle joint is held by are stretched far beyond their boundaries. This condition can negatively affect mobility in everyday situations or in high-stress activities such as participating in sporting events.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Elevation to decrease swelling.
- Covering the ankle with a dressing to reduce swelling.
- Ice therapy to reduce inflammation.
- Physical therapy that strengthens the ligaments of the ankle and also significantly reduces the chance of incurring a subsequent sprain. If the ankle does not heal correctly, this condition can become chronic.
- Support devices such as crutches to lessen the weight-bearing amount placed on the ankle.
- Surgical procedures to treat an ankle sprain that does not fully heal with conventional methods. This is accomplished via a cut in the ankle to reach the ligaments to repair them adequately. Furthermore, arthroscopy can be a great form of minimally invasive surgery whereby the ankle is repaired with miniature tools utilizing a remote camera system that is placed into the ankle area for viewing.
Ankle sprains may become a significant issue, but only if not treated timely. Please contact us for a detailed prognosis of your ankle health and to start proper treatment to relieve the pain from your sprained ankle! Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI, our team of podiatrists Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can get your heel back to normal in no time. Moreover, take the time to make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and don’t forget to review our Patient Education section for a more in-depth learning experience on the pitfalls and traps that can lead to poor foot and ankle health.
Plantar Fasciitis comprises inflammation of the muscle tissue along the bottom of the foot that links the toes to the heel bone. When there is stretching in the plantar fascia area, it results in swelling at the base of the heel. This condition causes a sharp throbbing pain, especially when first getting up in the morning. When the plantar fascia tears at the heel bone, it leads to inflammation. Factors that elevate the chances of this condition forming are standing for long periods of time, gaining an enormous amount of weight and being elderly. Having flat feet may also increase the likelihood of developing this condition. The Achilles tendons also play a role since they join the calf to the heel and can produce heel pain when strained.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Physical therapy is usually an important part of pain management as it can strengthen lower leg muscles and assist with stability when walking. These actions help to reduce the amount of pressure brought upon the plantar fascia.
- Using caution when active in high-intensity activities.
- Utilizing comfortable shoes.
- Surgery may be required to correct this condition, which can be minimally invasive or more comprehensive, depending on the extent of the damage.
This condition can mark the beginning of long-term heel pain if not corrected early on. We, therefore, recommend that you contact us so that we can determine the extent of injury to your heel and provide treatment that can get your tendons in full swing once again! Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668., MI, our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, will get you up on your feet without heel pain. Please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and please take a moment to look at our Patient Education library to learn more about Plantar Fasciitis and other relevant foot and ankle conditions that may be causing your feet pain.
Athlete’s Foot is generally the result of fungus contaminating the skin of the foot. This condition is also referred to as Tinea Pedis and is easily triggered because fungi thrive in warm, damp and shady areas like the inside of your shore. Your footwear is covered and damp and offers breeding grounds for fungus. This condition is highly contagious and is spread from contaminated surfaces or by walking barefoot in gym locker rooms, pools and showers. If not treated on a timely basis, it can spread to other areas of the body. Symptoms of this condition include itching, burning, soreness or odor.
Treatment for athlete's foot involves:
- Use of medicinal powders to destroy the offending fungus.
- Keeping feet dry and in the open to prevent fungus from thriving.
- Feet should be washed every day.
- Disinfectant spray should be applied to the insides of shoes to kill germs.
- Refraining from sharing shoes.
- Disinfecting bathtubs and other like surfaces to eliminate the chance of spreading fungus associated with this condition.
- Medicinal creams.
As it can be seen, treatment for this condition is necessary as it can easily spread if not dealt with, and can create itchy and painful feelings that may eventually lead to other serious complications. For these reasons, please contact us as soon as possible to not only stop athlete's foot but to also prevent you from spreading it to others in your household!
Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI, our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can provide proven treatment for your condition and get your feet feeling fresh sooner than you think. Therefore, please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and don’t forget to check out our Patient Education library to learn more about this and many other feet and ankle conditions that you can avoid with appropriate care.
Neuromas can be a painful condition due to its effect on nerves in the foot. Our team of podiatrists, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can treat this condition at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of our three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. Don’t forget to check out our Patient Education section to dive deeper into the foot and ankle world.
Neuromas are benign progressions of nerves that form between toes due to recurrent friction against each other. They cause minor to severe pain that can extend to the ball of the foot while feeling a sensation of numbness in the toes. This condition can have a higher chance of developing when:
- Weighty items fall on the toes.
- Severe trauma causes injury to nerves
To determine if the foot is suffering from this particular condition, ultrasound can be used to detect soft tissue complications. This is because it uses sound waves to generate images of it. MRI’s are more advanced and can also be used to detect the presence of this condition in those that don’t even have symptoms.
Symptoms of this condition include inflammation, the discomfort of the damaged nerve and a burning sensation in the feet. Preventative measures include avoiding blunt force to the toes. Treatment will involve utilizing properly fitted footwear with large toe boxes, placing orthotics to redistribute pressures placed on nerves in the foot and anti-inflammatories to reduce pain and swelling.
When the above treatments are not successful, surgery will be used to remove the nerve or to relieve pressure on the nerve by cutting nearby ligaments that hold bones in the front of the foot together. The potential side effect from this type of procedure can be a permanent numbness in the toes.
Neuromas can spiral out of control if not treated accordingly. Please contact us if your toes are starting to feel numb so that we can help get a grip on this condition before it gets a grip on you!
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