Most people don't pay much attention to the cuts and scratches they accumulate. After all, it's impossible to go through life without a few injuries. Although most minor injuries heal without a problem, it's never a good idea to ignore foot wounds. If the wounds become infected, your health and your ability to walk can be affected. Your Ocala, FL, podiatrist Dr. Robert Linn, Jr. offers wound care treatments that help you protect your feet.
What types of wounds can cause problems?
Any wound can become infected, but these types of foot wounds are more likely to lead to infections:
- Puncture Wounds: Did you step on a nail, needle or piece of glass? Puncture wounds don't bleed very much, but they can be very dangerous. When the pointed object pierces your skin, it drives dirt, foreign objects and bacteria deep into your foot. No matter how carefully you clean your wound, it's impossible to remove embedded germs and debris. Although your foot may look and feel fine immediately after your injury, an infection can develop just a few days later.
- Open Sores: Open sores or ulcers that don't heal may also increase your risk of an infection. They're more common in people who have diabetes or vascular conditions but can affect anyone.
- Any Wound if You Have Diabetes: High glucose levels in your blood slow healing, increasing your risk of infections that threaten your foot. Broken blisters, ingrown toenails and minor cuts can quickly become infected. Unfortunately, if the disease has affected the nerves in your feet, you may not feel any pain until the infection is severe.
When should I visit my Ocala foot doctor?
Schedule a visit with your podiatrist if you experience a puncture wound, even if the wound looks fine. He will clean the wound, remove debris and foreign objects, and offer a tetanus shot or antibiotics if needed. Prompt treatment of puncture wounds will help prevent infections from occurring.
It's also important to see the foot doctor if you have a wound that doesn't begin to heal after a day or two, or you notice signs of infection, which include inflamed or warm skin, red streaks on your skin, drainage, odor, pain and swelling.
Call your podiatrist right away if you experience any type of foot injury and have diabetes. Don't try to treat ingrown toenails at home or remove corns and calluses on your own.
Protect your feet with wound care treatment! Call your Ocala, FL, podiatrist Dr. Robert Linn, Jr. at (352) 861-1055 to schedule an appointment.