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Skin off top of foot injury - Quick recovery tips ?

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Created by jn1 A week ago, 5 Oct 2019
jn1
SA, 1777 posts
5 Oct 2019 2:30PM
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My feet got dragged over my board a week ago during an off. The tops of my feet briefly (and lightly) touched the board deck, but it was enough to remove skin. The damage is right on the knuckle of the foot. L/H foot isn't so bad and is healing up nicely. The R/H foot isn't healing and is on a spot of the foot that is affected by foot muscle movement. Even when I drag my foot/leg along to minimise foot movement, I still manage to break the scab open. I'm also minimising getting wet. It's nearly a week now and it's still like a day old cut. I'm planning to see my GP on Monday. Before I do, could anyone recommend tips/products for a quick recovery ?. Thanks.

choco
SA, 3460 posts
5 Oct 2019 3:57PM
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Heat up a butter knife until its red hot and seal the injury
I would stay off the water until it's healed properly GP will fix it

kato
VIC, 2566 posts
5 Oct 2019 5:25PM
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Metho and cotton wool onto the cut. It will hurt .....a lot !!!!, but dry the wound out.

objc
WA, 64 posts
5 Oct 2019 3:50PM
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if you need to sail with no skin on your foot, duct tape works, otherwise a few days of beer

pepe47
WA, 1263 posts
5 Oct 2019 5:15PM
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Wire brush and Dettol!

decrepit
WA, 9511 posts
5 Oct 2019 6:56PM
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what about super glue???? I heard it's similar to what the medics use.

ducati
QLD, 427 posts
5 Oct 2019 9:25PM
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jn1
SA, 1777 posts
6 Oct 2019 12:10AM
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Thanks for the tips all. Mum popped around my place and had a look. I have bits of sock in the wound and that's why it's not healing. How dumb of me. Yep, wire brush and dettol might be it Pepes.... or just go for a sail and let the foot strap do the work ?

Cocky2
QLD, 156 posts
6 Oct 2019 7:46AM
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You need to keep the wound dry while sailing. Have used waterproof bandages then duck tape over it. Then put Elastoplast Elastic Tubular Support Bandage over area so no water gets under tape at speed. Use Betadine antiseptic liquid spray after you finish sailing. When wound is no longer open I have used Elastoplast Spray Plaster to seal out water.
If you keep getting wet regularly it will take a long time to heal in salt water.
If you sail a lot try to change to boots. After many feet injuries I made the change and has been fantastic for sailing.

boardsurfr
WA, 926 posts
6 Oct 2019 7:21AM
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Check the baby section in your grocery store. Creme that heals baby butts also works great for blisters and cuts. In Germany, it would be Penaten Creme, but you'll probably find similar local brands. The only issue with that stuff is that bandaids don't stick well after you used it, so it's best to use it on the evenings or when on days you don't sail. Keeping water out when sailing is definitely a good idea.

jn1
SA, 1777 posts
6 Oct 2019 1:02PM
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100MPH tape, water proof bandages, Elastoplast Spray Plaster and Betadine it is. Good tips. Thanks :). I was going to wear booties (I hate booties), but the tape will do the trick.

boardsurfr: Is that like Dermaid ? (Hydrocortisone)

JakeNN
73 posts
6 Oct 2019 12:12PM
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www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3842869/

Despite the above, my thoughts are clean and dry until healed.

Tried windsurfing after 7 days after some stitches for a small cut .. seemed to moisten the cut and reopen. You just have to wait it out.

peterowensbabs
NSW, 228 posts
6 Oct 2019 9:32PM
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boardsurfr said..
Check the baby section in your grocery store. Creme that heals baby butts also works great for blisters and cuts. In Germany, it would be Penaten Creme, but you'll probably find similar local brands. The only issue with that stuff is that bandaids don't stick well after you used it, so it's best to use it on the evenings or when on days you don't sail. Keeping water out when sailing is definitely a good idea.


Called Bepathen cream here in Australia.

Tasdoc
VIC, 43 posts
6 Oct 2019 9:46PM
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A wound doesn't heal if it's always wet

Also, healing is significantly delayed if there's dead tissue or foreign material in the wound. Your body needs to clear it first, sometimes it gets infected in the process.

Smaller wounds heal ok if kept dry (under a scab). It is the least laborous way of getting wounds healed, but not the fastest.

The fastest way is to have your wound dressed 1-2 times a week by an experienced nurse. The nurse would examine the wound, remove dead tissue or foreign material and choose a dressing based on whether there're any signs of infection or the wound looks too dry or wet.

Betadine kills bugs, but it also kills granulations(healing tissue) and makes your wound dry. It also stings like hell. So don't use betadine or anything else unless you can assess what the wound needs. Just let it heal naturally under a scab.

Lastly, if you are not a relatively healthy well-nourished person with no chronic health issues, forget about natural healing, go and see your doctor

tbwonder
NSW, 205 posts
6 Oct 2019 9:52PM
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I have had various cuts over the years, since I found these boots www.surffcs.com.au/products/fcs-sp2-reef-booties I have never sailed without them. They are really thin and last less than a season, but they offer good protection and much better grip than bare feet

peterowensbabs
NSW, 228 posts
6 Oct 2019 9:58PM
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I recommend Cicatrin power. It is an anti bacterial and as its a powder it rapidly drys out wounds super fast. Apply lots and often. Keep the wound open to the air as much as possible except when sailing or wearing shoes that might rub on it. www.rxmed.com/b.main/b2.pharmaceutical/b2.1.monographs/cps-_monographs/CPS-_(General_Monographs-_C)/CICATRIN.html

Marvin
WA, 589 posts
6 Oct 2019 9:52PM
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Surprised no one has mentioned Hypafix or Fixomull wound tape (both similar) for treating abrasions. Available from the chemist. Once it's on you can get it wet in the shower no problems with no detrimental effect on the healing (it's actually good for it). Halves wound healing time. :)

Fixomull sticks pretty well but will come off in the sea. So wrap it with electrical tape or gaffa tape etc for the duration.

And related, avoid getting the wound wet with seawater. For some reason seawater ulcerates the wound as we all know, slowing healing. Hence you have to waterproof up when on the water if at all possible. See previous comments above.

ausbinny
78 posts
7 Oct 2019 7:13AM
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Paw Paw ointment - also works great for paddling rash (surfing)

jn1
SA, 1777 posts
7 Oct 2019 11:42AM
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Thanks all. The scrape is now healing. Puss stopped coming out 2 days ago and it's scabbing. So I think the body is happy now. Now the wait. I've learnt the hard way and will apply all the tips/preventions in future.

PS/ After first responses to this post, I drove up to Chemist to get their advice (it's long weekend here and didn't want to wait to Tuesday to see GP). The Chemist's advice was useless. So, I got some Dettol and Betadine (forum advice) and more bandages. I got home, soaked my foot in Dettol/water for 30min. Dried foot, then applied Betadine (on the wound). From there the wound felt better a few hours later, stopped festering and dried out. I was able to flex my foot for the first time yesterday without scab opening up.

jn1
SA, 1777 posts
Wednesday , 9 Oct 2019 9:38PM
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I've sailed two days in a row. The Elastoplast Spray Plaster that Cocky2 suggested is extremely effective. I used that + large water proof bandage on top of that, then a bootie.



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