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    Pressure sore on plantar wart area

    I have a sore on the bottom of my left foot just behind my little toe. This area had always been a misery spot for me. Had it diagnosed long ago as a plantar wart. Got rid of it but kept coming back.

    The sore appeared like a blood blister area about the size of a nickel. Been trying to keep pressure off of it of course, but it doesn't seem to be responding. But it's really hard to tell as there is this blood mass you can't see thru.

    Saw my normal pm&r doc friday and he said it doesn't look too bad as there is no redness or anything. Gave me some duoderm to put on it and "just keep pressure off it".

    Is there anything I can do to try and get the blockage off of it so I can see what's going on? And second, what are the long term prospects for this area? Should I plan on future surgery of some sort? I can't think of anything that I did to cause more pressure here, so I am assuming it is an internal problem which will not "go away" but keep resurfacing as sores.

    Thanks McD

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    McDuff - How long has the 'blood blister' been present? Has it changed in size or dimension? Are you wearing shoes or what are you doing to keep pressure off of it.

    It sounds like the problem, as you have indicated, is coming from an inside pressure. Pressure sores can develop from the outside in or from the inside out. There is the danger that there is erosion under the surface that is not visible. I would not recommend opening it at all...that could have very serious consequences. My only concern for you it that circulation in the feet is always the poorest for everyone and particularly so for both persons living with SCI and diabetics. Poor circulation contributes to poor qualities for healing.

    Do you have a good foot doctor or have you considered a second opinion by another doctor? You may want to do some reading of a variety of information at: Univ of Alabama - Pressure Sores CRF

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    Nurse, the blister has been around for about 3 weeks now. Until tonight *arghh* it had not changed in size or shape. No better, no worse.
    I sleep with feet elevated on pillows. Unfortunately I've been wearing shoes too much as I've been out and about lately.

    Just tonight getting back in bed my wife saw that there is now a secondary spot on the edge of my foot. Looks just like the first one. Where the h did this come from? Was not there this morning.

    I do not have a good foot or wound doc, plan on getting a referral fom my sci doc tomorrow.

    Thanks, McD

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    McDuff - I am glad that you are going to be seen by either a foot or wound specialist. Do not delay in having this seen.

    I would encourage you to avoid your regular shoes. You might want to consider a soft slipper that is very loose on the foot when you go out. Have you checked the inside of your shoe to be sure that there is not a rough spot that may have developed in it? Do you wear shoes that are larger than your normal (before injury) size? CRF

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