Treating Puncture Wounds In The Foot
A puncture wound is a small entry hole caused by sharp, pointed object, such as a nail. Puncture wounds can disguise serious injury and should always be treated properly because without proper treatment, an infection can develop.
The key to treating a puncture wound is cleaning it properly and monitoring it closely throughout the healing process. Even if you have already been to emergency room for a puncture wound, you should see a podiatrist to have the wound thoroughly cleaned and assessed.
If you have suffered a puncture wound to your foot, it is important to do the following:
- Seek treatment as soon as possible.
- See a podiatrist within 24 hours.
- Follow all your doctor’s instructions carefully and, if prescribed, finish all of your antibiotics.Keep your dressing dry and keep weight off the foot.
- Take your temperature regularly and watch closely for signs of infection, such as pain, redness, swelling or a fever.
- Get a tetanus shot if you have not had one in the last five years.
Puncture wounds occur frequently, especially during the summer months when people go barefoot. However, puncture wounds are often not treated adequately, which can result in serious complications and research shows that most complications of puncture wounds could be prevented if professional treatment is sought as soon as possible.
If you have sustained a puncture wound to your foot and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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