Eliminating Foot Pressure
Wounds which are located on a boney part of the foot are usually caused by pressure to the area. Common locations for this to occur are the bottom of the foot at the ball of the foot, tips of the toes, at the first (big) or fifth (baby) toes along the inner or outer edge of the foot, or the heel. This pressure may also be complicated by poor sensation in the feet, and prevents people from sensing the uncomfortable nature of this pressure.
Pressure may exist in various forms. A poorly fitted shoe or long periods of time spent with an area of the foot pressing against an object such as a brace or mattress can create enough pressure to cause a wound. Once the wound has formed, it is critical to remove the pressure in order for the wound to heal.
The best way to heal the wound is to completely remove all pressure from the wound. This involves choosing a method of getting around which does not cause you to bear weight on your feet. It is quite safe to say that continuing to walk on a wound, which is located on the foot will almost guarantee its failure to heal.
Removing pressure depends upon you limiting your standing and walking. This means staying at home as much as possible with your feet positioned so that no pressure is applied over the wound. When you must get up or go out, it is important to use the aides recommended by your doctor and nurse to prevent weight bearing. These aides may consist of a pair of crutches or a wheelchair.