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Old 12-21-2004, 08:50 AM   #1
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Scar massage.

Hi!

I had surgery at the end of May for an Achilles tendon lengthening, subtalar fusion, calcaneocuboid fusion, and re-building of some fused (the wrong way) bones. Then, I had hardware removal on December 2nd; had a long screw, a shorter, thin screw, and a washer out (I still have one smaller, thin screw inside, it was too hard to reach through a small incision).

Went to my doctor on December 13th. Had stitches out and x-rays look great! My foot feels better than it has in years!

I have some mighty nasty scars, though. Two (one big one that looks like a picket fence and one small one) on the side of my foot, one heck of a thick scar on my heel (he re-opened the old incisiion), and one up the back of my calf, which is pretty mild and not a real concern.

The scar on my heel is, by far, the worst. The skin on my heels is extremely tough from years of walking barefoot everywhere (the beach, hot asphalt, EVERYWHERE) as a kid. My heel skin is so tough that I can walk across glass and it just drops right off without cutting me. The scar on my heel is very, very thick and hard.

It was suggested that I get some kind of massage cream and massage my scars. Can anyone recommend some good scar massage creams?

It's getting intimidating looking at all the stuff that's out there. I want to hear from some people who have used various creams and had good results. I'm not as concerned with how they look, but I would like them to be softer and smoother.

So, any suggestions?

I hope everyone is well and enjoying their holiday season!

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Old 12-21-2004, 09:37 AM   #2
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Re: Scar massage.

If you look at the drug store in the aisle with the lotions there are a few brands of cream specifically for scars. I cant recall the names, but they are about $25 for a tube. My physical therapist recommended shea butter with vitamin E massaged in a few times a day. since that is $4 for a big tub I bought that and it really seems to be helping.

 
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Re: Scar massage.

Just massaging creams into your scars will help break up the scar tissue, making them softer and flatter. If interested in a specif scar ointment, Mederma come highly recommended. I had a nasty one from when my toes was fused, an incision on top an old incision, l kept massaging what ever I had on hand and it has become flatter and lighter, time will help. Good luck!
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