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.