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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.
Your foot doctor Dr. Robert Linn, Jr. at the Foot & Ankle Center in Ocala, FL wants you to be informed about wound care, especially if you’re a patient who needs diabetic foot therapy. Proper wound care is particularly important for the lower extremities, including the feet, toes and ankles. Learn more about taking care of wounds to ensure that your feet stay healthy.
What Is Wound Care?
A wound is normally an easy problem to resolve with a little hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, and band-aids. But sometimes wounds take longer to heal when they’re on the feet. This is because when a patient has circulation problems, the blood cells aren’t getting to the wound in a timely fashion for healing. This may be a problem for patients with uncontrolled diabetes or vascular conditions. Common wounds include:
- Puncture wounds.
- Foreign items stuck in wounds (like an ingrown nail or shard of glass).
- Insect bites that don’t heal.
Why Is It Important?
For certain patients, even a tiny wound can become a very concerning problem if it isn’t treated properly and promptly by your Ocala, FL foot doctor. The wound can get infected and develop into an ulcer. Ulcers may lead to loss of skin, muscle, or even bone tissue, and may require surgery in advanced cases.
Wound Care Tips
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when caring for a wound:
- Keep the wound dry and clean at all times. Bandage it securely.
- Wear clean, dry socks and avoid walking around barefoot.
- Carefully remove any object from inside the wound. If you’re not sure the object is out, have a doctor examine it immediately.
- Examine the depth and size of the wound—the deeper it is the higher the risk of it getting infected.
- See a foot doctor immediately if the wound worsens instead of beginning to heal.
Get Help with Wound Care
The team at Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala, FL specializes in helping patients with wound care and diabetic foot care. Call 352-861-1055 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Robert Linn, Jr.