Last week I wrote about having a small ulcer on my foot. Yesterday, we made the trek to Pittsburgh to see the doctor. The doctor I see is a GP but specializes in wound care. I first met him at the wound center I went to in Pittsburgh. He was one of the doctors in HBO. He is one of those really good doctors that you wish everyone could have a doctor like him. He is worth making the trip to see and he has patients coming to see him from a lot further than I travel.
After I made the appointment, the skin on the bottom of my foot got very dry. I do use a good moisturizer every day but I seem to be going thru another dry spurt. Even my eyes are really dry again. The little spot on the left of the dry part was what I called to make the appointment for. At first, it looked more like a small bruise than an ulcer. After I made the appointment, the dry skin took over!
My doctor said that it was caused from a blister under a callous. He said if a callous gets too thick, you can get a blister under it. He told me that if I notice a callous that is getting thick, not to wait for my next appointment but to call and come in to get it taken care of. He opened it up and cleaned it out. He used the word “tunneling” and I cringed when I heard that. When I had the big wound, it tunneled thru my foot so that is now one of those evil words to me!
I don’t know the name of the medicine that he uses, but it does do a good job in getting wounds closed. The bad part that I don’t like is he put a retention bandage on that I have to leave on until I see him at the end of next week. I am not allowed to get it wet. I told him my feet are going to stink! I have to stay off of it but he expects that it will be healed when I see him the next time.
I didn’t think to bring my blue surgical shoe with me to my appointment. He didn’t wrap it too thick so I could get my regular shoe on. I was exhausted when we got home last night so went to bed early. When I took my shoe off, the bottom of my sock was all bloody. I put two more gauze pads over the bandage he put on and then wrapped more gauze around it. Since I have been having the allergy problems, I had to switch to latex and spandex free socks and they are a tad on the expensive side to ruin (like $10 a pair!). I ended up not using a sock last night – luckily the weather is getting warm again.