Aftercare Plans

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When it comes to effective foot and ankle care, the time after a procedure can be just as important to your outcome as the treatment itself.

Following proper aftercare instructions can not only help ensure you recover more comfortably, but it can also prevent complications and problems with healing from arising.

We have listed aftercare instructions for a number of procedures here. It is important that you follow these instructions as accurately as possible, as well as any additional instructions you may have been given by your doctor or healthcare professional.

If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to call our office at (909) 920-0884. Our care for you continues before, during, and after your appointments with us!

Diabetic Ulcers with Compression

Note: Contact our office immediately if you experience discomfort or excessive bleeding.

You have been supplied a kit with the following items:

  • Povidone Iodine
  • Gauze Squares
  • Kling
  • Coban

To use them effectively:

  • Apply a small amount of Povidone Iodine in a circular motion, starting at the center of the wound.
  • Apply 2-3 squares of gauze onto the wound.
  • Wrap Kling 3-4 times around the foot and one time around the ankle.
  • Wrap Coban twice around the foot at the wound. Do not make this wrap extremely tight, and avoid wrinkling.

It is important that all additional instructions provided by Dr. Tepper and his team are followed to aid the healing of your wound.

Diabetic Ulcers without Compression

Note: Contact our office immediately if you experience discomfort or excessive bleeding.

You have been supplied a kit with the following items:

  • Povidone Iodine
  • Gauze Squares
  • Kling

To use them effectively:

  • Apply a small amount of Povidone Iodine in a circular motion, starting at the center of the wound.
  • Apply 2-3 squares of gauze onto the wound.
  • Wrap Kling 3-4 times around the foot and one time around the ankle.

It is important that all additional instructions provided by Dr. Tepper and his team are followed to aid the healing of your wound.

Ingrown Toenail Removal Aftercare (“The Ouch Kit”)

You have been supplied a kit with the following items:

  • Providone Iodine
  • Amerigel
  • Adhesive Bandages (“Band-Aids”)

Using the Ouch Kit:

  • Keep the affected toe dry for 24 hours following the procedure.
  • Apply Providone Iodine in a circular motion.
  • Apply Amerigel wound dressing and an adhesive bandage to the wound.

Additional Notes:

  • Mild bleeding and drainage are expected following this procedure.
  • You may take Tylenol or Ibuprofen for discomfort. (Follow directions as indicated on packaging.)
  • Finish all antibiotics that may have been prescribed to you.
Orthotic Devices

Orthotic Types

  • Rigid Functional Orthotics: Intended to improve foot stability and balance while relieving friction. The inserts help maintain proper foot support and gently align the foot into the proper position, decreasing stress and strain on the foot’s bones and tissues while evenly distributing body weight.
  • Style Orthotics: Designed primarily for women, these custom inserts can be worn in high-heels, pumps, and sandals. Double-stick tape or Velcro may need to be used on the bottom of the insert to hold it in place with some footwear. This style of orthotic is not recommended for all-day use.

How to Use Rigid Functional Orthotics

  • A break-in period is expected with most rigid functional orthotics. We recommend you wear your inserts only 4-6 hours at a time while starting out. Remove the orthotics from your shoes if you feel any pain or discomfort. Add an hour to the next day’s wearing goal until you are able to go a full day.
  • Do not force yourself to wear the orthotics when you are experiencing discomfort.
  • You may need to remove the liners of your shoes if your heel slips out while walking or your shoes feel otherwise too small.
  • Bring your orthotics when buying new shoes, as well as the thickest socks you intend to wear with the shoes. The best time to try new shoes is during the end of the day, when feet tend to be their largest size. When testing fit, wear your orthotic insert and make sure there is a thumb’s width between the end of your big toe and the front of the shoe, and that the widest part of the shoe is adjacent to the wide part of your foot.

It is important to attend your follow-up appointment in three weeks. If you have any problems with your orthotics before your appointment, please contact our office; you may need to come in sooner for potential adjustments or additional help.

Skin Biopsy

Note: Contact our office immediately if you experience discomfort or excessive bleeding.

You have been supplied a kit with the following items:

  • Povidone Iodine
  • Gauze Squares
  • Kling
  • Coban

To use them effectively:

  • Apply a small amount of Povidone Iodine in a circular motion, starting at the center of the wound.
  • Apply 2-3 squares of gauze onto the wound.
  • Wrap Kling 3-4 times around the foot and one time around the ankle.
  • Wrap Coban twice around the foot at the wound. Do not make this wrap extremely tight, and avoid wrinkling.
Wart Removal

Note: Contact our office immediately if you experience discomfort or excessive bleeding.

You have been supplied a kit with the following items:

  • Povidone Iodine
  • Gauze Squares
  • Kling
  • Coban

To use them effectively:

  • Apply a small amount of Povidone Iodine in a circular motion, starting at the center of the removal site.
  • Apply 2-3 squares of gauze onto the site of the removal.
  • Wrap Kling 3-4 times around the foot and one time around the ankle.
  • Wrap Coban twice around the foot at the wound. Do not make this wrap extremely tight, and avoid wrinkling.

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984 W. Foothill Blvd, Suite B
Upland, California 91786

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