Heel Border Dressing — What You Should Know

Common Types of Heel Border Dressing

There are a few heel border dressings to choose from for treating your wounds. Typically, these dressings are made up of different unique materials. Let us look at some common examples.

  • Foam heel border dressings: It is a relatively common type of heel dressing. Foam dressings are made from a porous, open-cell foam that can absorb exudate and provide a moist environment for healing.
  • Alginate heel border dressings: Another type of heel border wound dressing is an alginate dressing. Alginate dressings are made from a kind of seaweed. They can absorb exudate while also forming a gel-like layer over the wound. This gel layer helps to protect the wound and promote healing.
  • Hydrocolloid and hydrogel dressings: These wound care materials are also commonly used for heel border wounds. Hydrocolloid dressings have a gel-like adhesive layer that conforms to the shape of the wound and provides a moist environment for healing. Hydrogel dressings are made from a gel that can absorb exudate and provide a wet environment for healing.

It's important to note that the choice of wound dressing will depend on the specific characteristics of the wound, such as size, location, amount of exudate it produces, and the patient's overall condition. It's ideal to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best dressing for a specific wound.

The Benefits of Heel Border Dressings

Here are some advantages of heel border dressings. They include;

  1. Promotes Healing: Heel border dressings help to protect the wound from further injury and promote faster healing.
  2. Prevents Infection: The dressings protect the wound from external contaminants and reduce the risk of infection.
  3.  Reduces Pain: Heel border dressings can provide a cushioning effect, reducing pressure on the wound and reducing pain.
  4. Maintains Moisture: A moist wound environment promotes faster healing and reduces scarring. Heel border dressings can help to support this environment.
  5. Easy to Apply: Heel border dressings are easy to apply and can be adjusted as needed, making them a convenient option for wound care.
  6.  Promotes Comfort: Heel border dressings are designed to fit the heel comfortably, allowing the patient to move around freely without discomfort.
  7. Cost-Effective: Heel border dressings are a cost-effective option for wound care compared to other types of wound dressings.
  8. Versatile: Heel border dressings can be used for a variety of wound types and can be adjusted to fit different sizes of heels.


How To Apply Heel Border Dressings To Your Wounds

Using heel border dressings is a quick and efficient way to care for your wounds. You should be fine following the manufacturer's directions. Follow these tips to ensure that these dressings are applied to your injuries appropriately.

  1. Clean the wound and surrounding area with saline solution or antiseptic.
  2. Cut the dressing to the appropriate size and shape for the wound.
  3. Peel off the backing and place the adhesive side of the dressing onto the wound.
  4. Smooth out any air bubbles and ensure the edges of the dressing securely adhere to the skin.
  5. Cover the dressing with a sterile bandage to hold it in place, if necessary.
  6. Check the wound regularly and change the dressing as needed.
  7. Seek medical attention if there are signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge.


Heel border wound dressings are unique wound care products designed to provide protection, absorb exudate and promote healing on wounds located on the border or perimeter of the heel.