Open gash on heel

Broken Flesh - Need help with this
@webeishere (36353)
United States
August 5, 2008 6:55pm CST
Here is a photo of my heel which has a piece of flesh that I need to get rid of and help the opening close up. This is not gross by the least. This has been like this since early spring. I have cut this flap of flesh off. I have used a bath stone trying to get the area soft. This piece of flesh keeps coming back and the opening will not close. Have you ever had this type of opening of flesh? What can be done to assist this in closing? Is using a bath stone good for this? Thanks all. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
6 Aug 08
My son works in the timber industry, and often has open cut injuries on his hands and arms. We use an antiseptic powder and shake plenty of it into the (clean) wound. Then he leaves it as open as possible in order for it to dry up and heal. Seems to work well. I suppose it's harder when the area is on your heel - but exposing it to the fresh air would probably help. I think socks and shoes would probably keep it moist and hamper the healing somewhat.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
6 Aug 08
I have tried many things. But it keeps growing this flap back and won't close up. maybe it's the sandals. Comes wintertime I won'y have it I think. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@Hatley (164237)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Aug 08
Grandpa Bob I hate to bring a somber note in here but have you had your blood glucose levels checked by your doctor for diabetes, believe me as an old diabetic before I knew I had diabetes I would get cuts that looked like'yours and they would just takeforever to heal. infact I had diabetes for two years before I was made aware of the fact. I went to this new doctor who had taken over for the doctor before him, this was a county clinic run by the U of ca Irvine, and they uysedme doctors, on a rotation plan.ihad come with an ear ache. but he said i can give some antibiotic for your ear, but Mrs. Hatley did you know you have diabetes? I said did what what? so he repeated himself and I said no I did not. the blood test for diabetes was on my chart and had been there for two years yet the other doctors had never bothered to tell me. He put me on medication at once and asked me to lost weight as soon as possible. I would check with your doctor about your heel and a sk him to check for diabetes as everyone should check on that.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Just had a total physical recently and things are normal. No diabetes. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@schilds (410)
• United States
6 Aug 08
It's the sandals. I get them in the summer. Wearing socks and shoes for a couple weeks with lots of lotion helps them heal up, but unless they get painful - I usually just ignore it. While it is true that it can be a symptom of diabetes - wearing sandals or walking around barefoot is a sure cause.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
6 Aug 08
I wear sandals from April till October so that is one reason I suppose. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@schilds (410)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Vics vapo rub at night with socks -- bag balm also works, but stains your socks
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@GardenGerty (115076)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Have you been checked for diabetes? They have problems with healing of wounds. I would put some antibiotic ointment on it, and make sure nothing rubs on it. I would also have it checked out.
• United States
6 Aug 08
I agree,i wouldn't wait for it to get any worse.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Thanks both of you. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Slather neosporin on it EVERYTIME you take a shower. Plastic surgeons use neosporin to keep the skin soft after surgery, and the moisture from the shower helps the skin soak up the neosporin and soften it up. There is also several creams specifically for feet to soften and help maintain good skin integrity. My son has atopic dermatitis and he uses Aveeno lotion daily after his shower and he uses it of a morning when he gets up. He also uses a prescription cream for severe break-outs. If OTC creams doesn't work you may need to see a doctor for something stronger.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Okay I may try this. Well before the super glue idea. H ee hee hee! Thanks bunches. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
6 Aug 08
Hi Grandpa Bob, Ouch, that does look painful to me. I can certainly relate, as I've had various painful areas on my heels over the years. I've suffered from 'hard patches of skin,' so painful that I could barely get a shoe or boot on. My heels are good now, but I have many problems with my feet and legs. I have 'stasis ulcers' on my left leg at the front between my knee, and ankle. There have been two of them, that have opened, and it took a long time for them to heal over. I had to get special prescription ointment for them. Have you asked your doctor about some kind of a prescription? I have a friend who swears by peroxide, and puts this on every type of wound. I suppose you've tried this as well? I've had many people including doctors who are specialists, ask me if I'm diabetic, due to these problems. Thankfully, I am not, as I'm checked for this on a regular basis, like yourself. It's good to be here this morning, as I've found it hard to be on much of late, with all of my computer problems, and some other ongoing situations. Please take care of yourself. By the way, how's your dad doing these days? Here's a big hug for you. ((((((Grandpa Bob))))))
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
6 Aug 08
It doesn't hurt at all. Just annoying as heck is all. I haven't asked the Dr anything at all as it goes away come colder weather. Never heard of using peroxide though. Hmmm? Good to see ya as well. Thanks also. friend. ({({({({({ SOMEONES})})})})}) P.S. dad is all right. Lazy but all right. Hee hee hee! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@vimaal (3365)
• India
6 Aug 08
hi friend, Have you been checked for diabetes? Looks like you need to see a foot doctor.take care in your body. have a nice day.
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• Philippines
6 Aug 08
I think the best thing you can do is go to a dermatologist to check this skin out maybe she can recommend a much better solution for this. She might recommend either a medicine or an incision to get rid of the flesh. Hope you find the right way to get it out. Take care Gramps.
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• United States
6 Aug 08
Grandpa Bob, I would suggest going to see a specialist about this. Wounds that will not close can be very serious, especially when you factor in that many germs can be getting in through this wound. I wouldn't scrub it with a bath stone, or anything else, because you may be scrubbing away flesh that you need. I would definitely see a doctor about this, it could be more serious than you think.
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@skinnychick (6906)
• United States
8 Aug 08
I would maybe go to the doctor. Something doesn't sound right about that. I probably wouldn't use the stone. Maybe some good lotion as long as it isn't infected or anything.
• United States
7 Aug 08
Ouch! I have heard of Doctors using packing on such wounds to make sure that they heal from the inside out! I was wondering if it is as deep as it looks! And how on earth did you take a picture of your own heal? LOL My sister in law had something simular. she got it from stepping on the dogs bone. What pain she was in! She had to go to the foot doctor and have whirlpool treats and get it packed so it would heal from the inside out. So it would not leave a pocket on the inside. I hope that it is feeling much better by now!