Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
150 Doctors are Online

Suggest treatment for non-healing wound

Feb 2014
User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement
Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 5930 Questions
My brother since this past July has a wound in his foot that drains sero-sanguineous at times and sanguineous at other times. I think he stepped on a nail as the skin has a small hole like puncture wound (plantar left foot upper portion of foot by pad. The MD has debrided the wound 6 to 7 times- The wound never gets better and doesn't heel. No signs of infection so MD is not concerned. The wound forms a scab like area over the hole, but it can't be a scab since it drains. Debridement gives some relief of pain (short living). MD referred brother to specialist, x-ray taken and was negative. MD thought a fractured bone might be causing the wound. The specialist is also not concerned. There shouldn't be a hole like draining wound in his foot that never heals- It's not something a person has to live with for the remainder of his life. MD aren't concerned because the drainage isn't infected- But that is only a matter of time. I'm in the health field and know this isn't normal wound healing. I need to provide wound care myself. Are there any other options that will give results in healing this puncture wound. My brother has no insurance and he is a farmer- Meaning when planting starts his chance of infection increases along with all other health problems associated once area becomes infected. We have soaked the foot with Dreft and applied wound coverage since injury. We air the area sometimes (maybe 20 minutes at most). I don't know what to do. Thank you. XXXXXXX
Posted Sat, 22 Feb 2014 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Vacuum-assisted wound closure would be helpful. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for your query. Without clinical evaluation it is difficult to comment exactly. It seems to be non-healing wound.The use of vacuum-assisted wound closure has been found to reduce the wound healing time. You can discuss this with his treating doctor. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Lab Tests
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Orthopaedic Surgeon

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor