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WHEN PUNCTURE WOUNDS COME KNOCKING

You’re wandering along the beach barefoot, minding your own business, when you trip on something sharp. Puncture wounds are injuries that cause a hole in the skin rather than tearing it. They can be caused by a piece of glass, a shattered shell, or a pointed tool. Because things might become entrenched inside the incision, posing the risk of significant infection and other consequences, this is not the same as a cut and must be treated differently.

You’re wandering along the beach barefoot, minding your own business, when you trip on something sharp. Puncture wounds are injuries that cause a hole in the skin rather than tearing it. They can be caused by a piece of glass, a shattered shell, or a pointed tool. Because things might become entrenched inside the incision, posing the risk of significant infection and other consequences, this is not the same as a cut and must be treated differently.

HOW BAD IS A PUNCTURE WOUND?

It might be difficult to determine the severity of a wound. The deeper the puncture, the higher the risk of consequences. However, determining the extent of the wound is not always straightforward. If the entering object was large or long, the injury is likely to be extensive. The odds of infection are higher if the object was rusted if the incidence occurred in an unclean environment. In either case, Achilles Foot and Ankle Center is a good place to go for help.

Puncture Wounds

If you trip on something that punctures your foot, try to remove the object while being careful not to press it further into the wound. If there is a lot of bleeding, put pressure on it to stop it. Use cool water and a light soap to clean the area. Unlike cuts, rubbing alcohol, iodine, or hydrogen peroxide should not be used because they injure the tissues and hinder recovery. Protect the wound with a bandage to keep filth and irritation at bay. Check to check when your last tetanus vaccine was—if it’s been more than 10 years, you’ll need to get one.

Sometimes the condition is hereditary, since a foot type prone to collapse can be passed down from one generation to the next. Conditions like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis also associate with this, and may increase your chances of developing a poor foot structure. A ligament injury in the foot is another incident that can break the support needed to hold up your arch.

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Proper Treatment for Puncture Wounds

It is best to get professional attention within 24 hours to ensure that any foreign bodies have been removed, and to continue to care for and clean the wound on a regular basis until it heals. Antibiotics may be recommended, and you will be advised to avoid putting any weight on your foot. Keep an eye out for redness, swelling, warmth, discharge, pain, or a fever, which are all indicators of infection.

If an infection develops, it is critical to seek treatment as soon as possible. Even the tiniest skin infections have the potential to extend to the bones and joints. In addition, if a foreign body stays in the wound, insufficient treatment might result in painful scarring or even a solid cyst.

When you’re contemplating conservative treatment or surgery for your adult flatfoot, we have the excellence in podiatry that you need. Our podiatrists near you know a variety of ways to diagnose your pain. What are you waiting for? Call (804) 273-1717 or make an appointment online

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