Skin grafting for those with advanced foot conditions can provide for great benefits including reinstating mobility, promoting movement and even saving limbs. Patients with diabetes in particular greatly benefit from this type of treatment as the graft replaces tissue on their feet to help heal foot ulcers. This can actually save the foot and prevent amputations!
Skin grafts can be produced from living or non-living tissue. Once the graft is placed over an open wound, it will steadily provide for viable skin growth. Skin grafting for foot ulcers is accomplished by taking healthy skin from other areas of the body and covering the ulcer with it. Burn victims or those with severe injuries may also benefit from skin grafts. Due to the many benefits of skin grafting, this treatment should be utilized immediately when required.
The foot surgeon will work with you to determine if a thinner or thicker graft is more appropriate for your wound. Thick grafts are more durable, retain more of the skin’s natural pigmentation and also allow for more sensation to be preserved. Areas directly on top of tendons, cartilage or bone should be avoided because they will not receive enough blood for proper healing.
A skin graft should stick to the wound successfully a week after the grafting surgery. Keep the area around the wound moist and apply abundant anti-microbial materials.
Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, our foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM can assist you with the power of skin grafts to heal your foot and ankle wounds. If you’re ready to begin the healing process, please contact us to make an appointment today! We have offices conveniently located in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. We look forward to providing you with our services in the hopes that your feet can be treated with care and spared any further complications. Also, review our Patient Education library for more helpful tips!