How to Reduce Scarring on Your Feet
Many of us take ample time to care for our face and neck areas, but except for the occasional pedicure, few of us spend much time taking care of our feet. Just like anywhere else on our bodies, our feet are prone to scarring after injury or surgery. These scars may be very noticeable in sandals and may cause pain and irritation when rubbed against our shoes.
WHAT MAKES FOOT WOUNDS SO DIFFICULT TO HEAL?
Foot scars are particularly hard to heal because the foot is in almost constant motion. This continuous motion can often impair the healing process of a cut or blister. Even the constant pressure that is on your feet due to standing can cause the healing process to slow down.
Another issue that makes healing scars on the feet so difficult is wearing shoes and socks throughout the day. If you have an open wound on your foot, or even a healing wound, the fibers from shoes and socks will adhere to it. This can cause inflammation and possibly even infection, making a scar much worse. Your socks and shoes could also rub off an existing scab slowing the healing process. Shoes compress the wounded area, causing pressure and rubbing against the bandage or against the bare sore.
Circulation is another factor in the wound healing process. Restricted circulation in the foot can result in poor wound healing and more noticeable scars. Conditions such as diabetes are known to impair circulation to the, preventing damaged cells from being removed and repair cells from reaching the wound. Something that you can do to help with the circulation is to keep your wounded foot elevated for at least a short time during the day.
BLISTERS CAN CAUSE SCARRING
Many have developed scars on the feet due to blisters. These scars can be very noticeable, especially when wearing sandals or open toed shoes of any kind. Unless you are living somewhere that is cold year around, sandals are probably a large part of your shoe collection. Unfortunately, we tend to not find out that our shoes are going to give us blisters until after the blister has formed. Skin irritation, blisters, cuts, calluses and even more serious ailments can all be caused by wearing the wrong shoes at the wrong times. All of these things can cause scars if not cared for properly. If blisters rub deep enough into the skin a scar will be produced in the blister’s place.
Common surgeries on the foot and ankle include bunion surgery, achilles tendon repair, hammer toe surgery, and repair of fractures and ligament/tendon damage. Athletes and dancers are particularly prone to injuries and surgeries of their feet and ankles.
It is very important to manage these scars so that they heal flat and soft. Raised, thickened scars will rub on shoes and sports equipment, causing inflammation and pain. Scar contracture can result in reduced range of motion of a joint which can impact mobility, speed and overall athletic performance. Early treatment with silicone sheeting or gel will help to prevent these post-surgical complications.
COVER YOUR SCAR WITH SILICONE SHEETING
Silicone sheeting has been proven to significantly reduce the appearance of scarring on all parts of the body, feet included. This is an easy application that you can complete in a little time at home. Silicone sheeting is sold in several different shapes, such as circles or strips, and sizes. With the variety offered, you are sure to be able to find one that will fit your scar needs perfectly. They are self adhesive and reusable. NewGel+ is a leading brand in scar reduction. They also offer a spreadable silicone gel on their website.