Puncture Wounds: What to Do & How to Avoid One
One of the reasons we anticipate spring so much in Dallas, TX is the arrival of all the beautiful flowers! Starting March 3, 2014 the Dallas Arboretum will open “Dallas Blooms,” the largest flower festival in the southwest, boasting 500,000 blooming spring bulbs. It is a beautiful place to get you ready for spring. Along with the arrival of warm weather often comes a change of footwear, but exposing your feet in summer shoe styles could lead to injuries like puncture wounds. Don't forget insect bites!
A serious foot injury that commonly happens in areas with warm climates is a puncture wound. Different than a cut, a puncture wound is a small hole caused by a pointed foreign object. Even though it is not an open wound, it can go deep and hide a serious injury underneath the skin.
The best way to avoid your foot getting punctured is to protect them. Always wear protective shoes outside - make sure the soles are thick enough to protect your foot from becoming pierced with something sharp. If you get a puncture wound, apply proper treatment within the first 24 hours. Seek medical treatment right way for thorough wound cleaning if a foreign body remains embedded in your skin. For a minor puncture, follow these at-home steps. First, stop any bleeding with a clean bandage. Rinse with clean, clear water and use sterile tweezers to remove any particles remaining in your skin. Apply a thin layer of antibiotic cream and cover with a bandage. Watch for infection, too, and check that your tetanus shots are up to date.
We suggest playing it safe and contacting our office anytime you have a foot injury, minor or major. Contact Dr. Joel W. Brook and Dr. David R. Northcutt at Dallas Podiatry Works for treatment to keep your feet safe and healthy. Call our office in Dallas, TX at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323 for an appointment today.
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