Stages of Foot Wound Healing
Wounds heal in different stages. The first stage of wound healing is hemostasis. In this stage, the wound is being closed by clotting to prevent too much blood loss.
The next stages of wound healing include:
- Inflammatory stage. In this stage, the body's immune system responds to prevent bacteria from entering the wound site. Swelling and redness occur as blood flow increases to the area. This stage usually lasts for around four to six days.
- Proliferative stage. In this stage, the body starts rebuilding and producing new collagen fibers and blood vessels to close the wound. Granulation tissue, which is pink in color, forms over the wound. This stage usually lasts between four and 24 days.
- Maturation stage. In this final stage, the body continues to produce collagen but at a slower rate than in the proliferative stage. This stage is also known as the remodeling stage when the wound fully closes. This process can last for several months.
Factors That Delay Wound Healing
- Poor circulation
Signs of infection include increased redness, pain, swelling, and/or discharge from the wound site. If you have diabetes, it's important to closely monitor your foot wound because you are at an increased risk of infection due to poor circulation and nerve damage.
Contact Our Texas Foot Wound Podiatrist Today
If you are concerned that your deep foot wound isn’t healing properly, or you think you might have an infection, it's important to have your wound evaluated by the podiatrists at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists. We can discuss treatment options for your foot wound and create a plan based on your individual needs. To request an appointment, contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient contact form or by calling our office at 817-481-4000.