Puncture wounds are caused by a penetrating injury. This does typically occur on the bottom of the foot when one does step on a sharp object. Puncture wounds can cause serious complications including foreign body retention and infection. It is important that they are evaluated by a professional within 24 hours of the injury.
What to Expect When You See the Doctor
Your doctor will examine your foot and ask questions regarding the injury such as what the object was, if you were wearing socks or shoes at the time of the injury, and if you have an updated history of tetanus immunization. X-rays, Ultrasound or MRI may be ordered if there is a concern for a retained foreign body.
Follow the foot and ankle surgeon’s instructions for care of the wound to prevent complications. Depending on the location of the foreign body it may be removed in the office or in an out-patient surgical setting. Infections are a common complication following puncture injuries. It is important to keep a close eye on the foot for some time and to seek treatment immediately for worsening pain, swelling, redness or drainage.
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Do you have a puncture wound in your foot or ankle? We have years of experience treating this condition and would be happy to help. Contact us or book an appointment today.