Puncture wounds to the feet can happen when stepping on a sharp or pointed object. Although they obviously cause pain and discomfort, some people still do not realize how serious a puncture wound to the foot can be, even when the bleeding appears minimal. Read on to learn more about podiatric wound care, and for treatment, call Dr. Robert Linn at the Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala in Ocala, FL!
What are puncture wounds to the feet?
A puncture wound is an injury that occurs when a pointed object pierces the skin. Many people experience a puncture wound in the foot after stepping on a sharp or pointed object, such as a nail. These wounds are likely to occur when stepping on a sharp object with bare feet, but they can still happen even when wearing shoes. They can be quite painful, but they don't always result in much bleeding—however, proper treatment is necessary to prevent infection.
What complications can occur?
Possible puncture wound complications include:
- Soreness at the wound site
- Redness around the wound
- Swelling around the wound
- Drainage of the wound site
- Formation of a cyst inside the wound
- Infection and fever
How can puncture wounds in the feet be treated?
It is important to treat puncture wounds in the feet to prevent an infection from developing. Furthermore, it is possible that a piece of the object that caused the puncture wound, such as a glass shard or wood splinter, could be embedded in the skin. A podiatrist at our Ocala office can remove any embedded objects and thoroughly clean out the wound to help prevent infection. An x-ray might be necessary to ensure that no additional objects or debris remain in the wound. Antibiotics might also be prescribed to ward off the development of an infection.
Need medical attention? Give us a call!
For puncture wound care in Ocala, schedule an appointment with Dr. Linn by calling the Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala at (352) 861-1055.