7 important wound care tips for your feet
Getting cuts and bruises is something that is inevitable as we go through our everyday lives. But having these on your feet can cause excruciating pain and sometimes can be debilitating. Also, wounds on your feet can be difficult to treat and are very prone to infections. That why knowing how to treat wounds on your feet is very important.
1. Apply pressure. Putting pressure on a wound helps to stop the bleeding. This also helps in sealing up the wound. Cleanliness is important, so make sure you have clean hands or a clean cloth or gauze to prevent getting the wound infected.
2. Clean the wound. For cuts and scrapes that have gravel or any debris on them, try to wipe off as much as possible. Then wash with soap and a lot of water. Then pat dry.
3. Apply Antibiotic gel or cream. Apply a thin layer to prevent infections from occurring. Also, the cream will keep the wound moist, with is good for wound healing.
4. Apply a bandage. It is best to apply a bandage on your wound, this is to prevent the wound from accidentally getting rubbed on. The bandage also protects the wound from dust and other particles that could carry bacteria.
5. Look for signs of infection. Check you wound from time to time for any infections. If you find any area of the wound that still looks fresh and fleshy, especially if there is oozing pus, this is definitely an infection. In this case, clean that area with povidone iodine and try to remove all the pus. Then reapply antibacterial ointment/cream.
6. If all goes well, the wound will dry up and heal. It takes about 3 to 7 days for minor scratches to heal. Large, deeper cuts/wounds take longer.
7. Call your doctor or podiatrist if your wound does not heal or is very slow to heal. This is very common among diabetics.
If you develop a foot wound, have it checked immediately. Call your podiatrist to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
For more information on diabetic foot ulcers, you may contact Advanced Wound Healing Institute at (239) 430-3668 (FOOT).
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