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Diagnosis and Symptoms of Foot Puncture Wounds

Foot puncture wounds are injuries where a sharp object pierces the skin and underlying tissues of the foot. These wounds can occur from stepping on nails, glass, or other sharp objects. Proper diagnosis involves a physical examination by a podiatrist, often accompanied by imaging tests like X-rays to assess the depth and presence of foreign objects. Symptoms of a foot puncture wound include pain, swelling, redness, and bleeding at the site of injury. If the wound becomes infected, additional symptoms such as warmth, pus, and increased pain may develop. Timely medical attention is vital to clean the wound thoroughly, prevent infection, and ensure proper healing. If you have stepped on a sharp object and have developed a foot wound, it is suggested that you seek prompt medical treatment from a podiatrist who can effectively manage this condition.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Luis Esquerdo Cruz, DPM from Dr. Esquerdo Podiatry and Laser Center . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in San Juan, PR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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