From stubbing your toe to cutting your foot on a piece of glass on the beach, your feet are no strangers to the odd wound here and there. While most wounds can be easily remedied at home, there are times when the better choice is to have a podiatrist take a look in order to prevent any potential complications. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC, Dr. Joel Tikalsky has extensive experience providing his patients in Weston, Wisconsin, with comprehensive wound care that helps them heal more quickly. To learn more about wound care, call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
There are dozens of ways you can wound your feet, especially during the summer months when you find yourself barefoot more often. To give you an idea of the most common ways you can hurt your feet, the following is a representative list:
The causes of a wound to your feet or ankles are largely unimportant; however, as compared with how you treat the wound. Any wound that persists, especially if you have diabetes or peripheral artery disease, is always cause for concern, and you should seek the professional counsel of a podiatrist like Dr. Tikalsky as soon as possible.
Here again, there’s no good blanket answer to this question, and it’s best to let common sense prevail. If you cut your foot on a piece of glass, for example, the first order of business is to rinse out and clean your wound and to stem any bleeding, if necessary.
If you sustain a puncture wound, this can be tricky because you need to get inside it in order to thoroughly disinfect the area, and you should also make sure there aren’t any collateral soft-tissue injuries that may affect the function of your feet. To boot, if you’ve stepped on a nail or any other metal object, you’re at risk for contracting tetanus. Because of these complicating factors, If you’ve thoroughly cleaned and bandaged the area, using an antibiotic ointment to ward off infection, and your wound seems slow to heal, it’s a good idea to get checked out at a clinic like Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC, to be on the safe side.
When you see Dr. Tikalsky, he performs a complete exam, using lab tests and appropriate diagnostic imaging to get a look at what’s going on inside. Your blood reveals a lot about how your body is responding to the wound and whether it could benefit from antibiotics, or stitches if the laceration is large enough.
If you suspect your wound may need medical care, don’t hesitate to call Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC, or use the scheduling tool on this website to book an appointment.