What To Do If You Sustain A Puncture Wound In The Foot
Puncture wounds can be dangerous because you not only have to worry about the injury, but the risk of infection that puncture wounds bring with them.
Not only can a foreign body become imbedded in the wound, such as a needle, glass, a nail or whatever else the patient has stepped on, but pieces of your sock, your shoe, or even your own skin can be forced into the wound and cause an infection. The object that caused the wound can also bring dirt and debris with it into the wound.
So, it is important to care for puncture wounds properly.
If you sustain a puncture wound, you should follow these steps:
- Get treatment as soon as possible.
- Get a tetanus shot if you have not had one in the last five years.
- See a podiatrist within 24 hours.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
- Keep your dressing dry and keep weight off the injured foot.
- If you are prescribed antibiotics, finish the entire prescription.
- Take your temperature regularly and watch for warning signs of infection, including pain, redness, swelling and fever.
If you notice any signs of infection, contact your doctor immediately.
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