Should I see a doctor for a puncture wound in the foot?
The short answer is yes. You should see a doctor for a puncture wound in your foot.
A puncture wound (stepping on a nail, for example) needs to be cleaned and checked by a doctor. It is very important to make sure the entirety of the object that penetrated the foot has been removed. A thorn or other foreign object might break off when you remove it and leave a piece inside the wound, which can cause complications with healing and can lead to infection.
Puncture wounds are particularly prone to infection because debris or bacteria on the object that punctures the foot can be pushed up far into the wound. If something went through your shoe or sock, you can even have pieces of shoe or sock material inside of the wound.
A podiatrist can properly clean and care for the wound and advise you on further treatment. Watch the above video to hear Dr. Kumar, a podiatrist in our Hermitage location, talk about puncture wounds.
If you have suffered a puncture wound to your foot, contact us for an appointment at (888) 713-0906 or use our appointment request form.