Wounds want to heal themselves, but don’t always have the resources to do so quickly. Meaning, the body might not be producing enough “good material “ to combat the bacteria, and repair the wound. After an ulcer is acquired, there are four different stages to the healing process.
Beginning with the hemostasis phase; essentially, the wound is attempting to produce a scab to close the wound. Oftentimes, the body will not be able to close this wound on its own. Next comes the inflammatory phase, this is where your podiatrist will remove bacteria and debris from the wound. Most swelling and leaking from the wound happens during this stage. After the foreign matter has been expelled from the site, we enter the proliferative phase. This is the beginning of regeneration, where the cells begin to produce disorganized collagen, the wound contracts as new tissue is created surrounding it. The final phase is the maturation phase, where the collagen becomes more organized in the wound, allowing for a weaving-like pattern. At this point, the wound is on the road to a successful healing.