When is it not infected?

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As you can see in this picture there is a wound on the top of the 2nd toe. It is red and painful but this is not red from an infection. Rather this is after a hammertoe surgery. But look at the scab over the incision. Usually things heal in normally after surgery so we need to be careful with this scab because under the scab the tendon and bone is very close.

Solution: Wear a surgical shoe that off-loads the area and keep the scab moisturized. Then we have to wait for the scan to slough off before getting back into normal shoes.