Dana Miller enjoys starting his day with a brisk 4-mile walk while livestreaming to his many followers on Facebook. He reaps the benefits of embracing a healthy lifestyle, inspiring others to join him on the journey.
In fall 2019, Dana had to put his regular walks on pause when his wife, Chiquita, noticed a sore the size of a dime on his lower left leg. Not knowing what had caused the wound, but wanting to take care of it quickly, he treated it with antiseptics. Instead of the wound healing, it remained open.
Dana owns a barbershop in Jacksonville and stands on his feet daily for hours at a time. The wound grew larger and began to affect his ability to stand comfortably. A friend suggested he see a wound care specialist. Dana visited a few, including an infectious disease specialist.
He had an MRI taken, which didn’t detect disease in the bone. Antibiotics were then administered for six weeks to Dana through an IV medicine ball to aggressively kill any infection. Despite all efforts, the wound failed to heal. Yet, Dana remained positive and hopeful he would find a physician with a successful treatment plan.
Dana heard about Christine Miller, DPM, DMM, PhD, a podiatrist and wound care specialist at UF Health Jacksonville. She is passionate about wound healing and focuses on improving the quality of life for her patients through prevention and intervention.
She examined Dana’s wound, asked questions and reviewed his medical history to determine what had been preventing the healing process. Finally, Miller found the source. More than 30 years ago, Dana suffered a gunshot wound to his leg, resulting in surgical hardware being inserted in the tibia, or shinbone.