How to Treat Open Foot Wounds
An open wound is an injury that leaves internal tissue exposed to the external environment.
Open wounds may include abrasions which happen when the skin rubs against a rough surface. It is important to wash the wound thoroughly with mild soap to remove any debris and to sanitize the wound.
Avulsions usually result from violent incidents such as motor vehicle accidents, explosions, or animal attacks. There is forceful tearing away of the skin and underlying tissue.
Lacerations may cause significant bleeding since they often involve a tear or deep opening on the skin. These often result from sharp objects.
An incision is straight cut on the skin caused by razor blades, knives, or other sharp objects.
Although you may treat open wounds at home, you should seek immediate attention for severe wounds that have severe bleeding or broken bones.
Steps to care for open wounds
1. Use a clean cloth or bandage to stop the bleeding. Apply gently pressure on the wound.
2. Use clean water to flush away any debris and pat dry with a clean dry cloth. Seek medical attention immediately in case of severe wounds or those with embedded foreign objects.
3. To prevent infection, apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment.
4. Use a bandage of gauze to close clean wounds. For deep open wounds or infected wounds, see your physician for proper treatment.
5. Remove old bandages and check for infection every 24 hours. Apply a disinfectant and dry the wound before replacing with a clean gauze or bandage.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications to reduce pain and inflammation can be taken. For people with infected wounds or severe pain, your physician my prescribe medications.
It is important to note that bacteria can easily populate on the skin surface. Watch out for signs of infections such as worsening pain, warm skin near the wound, pus, sores or blisters, and fever.
If you have diabetes, then you should look out for chronic wounds or wounds that do not heal or are very slow to heal.
It is recommended to regularly see a podiatrist once or twice a year; whether or not you think you have a foot problem. A comprehensive foot examination will determine the risk factors that may result in foot ulcers or worse, consequent foot amputation.
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). Advanced Wound Healing Institute is part of Family Foot and Leg Center, P.A.
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