Urgent Care Needs: Handling a Puncture Wound

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Care for Puncture Wounds on FeetWinter means potholes. Snow and ice gets between cracks in the asphalt and freezes, splitting it and creating deep wounds in the pavement. It might be months before some holes get filled, but Castle Pines is committed to maintaining its roads, particularly after getting a good “report card” for them in 2014. Stepping on something sharp can give you your own “pothole.” Holes in your feet, however, can’t wait to be addressed. Puncture wounds always need immediate treatment.

An injury like this is an urgent care problem, particularly if it is deep or if you have a preexisting condition that weakens the immune system. It’s different from a cut, which creates long tears in the skin. A puncture wound creates a small hole that can penetrate deep into your foot—possibly pushing dirt, bacteria, and foreign objects inside. Since you can only see the small opening of the injury, you may not be able to tell how serious the damage actually is.

This is why puncture wounds need prompt first aid, and then should be checked out by professionals. The first aid is something you can do for yourself or for your loved one:

  • Remove the Foreign Object – Carefully pull the sharp object out with clean hands and sterilized tweezers. If you can’t get it out, or pieces remain embedded in your foot, seek immediate help.

  • Stop any Bleeding – Once the object is out, gently press a clean cloth against the wound to help stop the bleeding.

  • Clean It – Rinse the puncture with clear water and pat it dry with a clean towel.

  • Disinfect It – If an over-the-counter antibiotic cream that you are not allergic to is available, apply a thin layer to the wound. This will help eliminate some bacteria that could infect it.

  • Cover It – Bandage the spot to protect it from more debris and bacteria. If you have a condition that impairs your immune system, avoid walking on the injured foot, as this could contribute to an ulcer later.

Once the initial damage has been treated, you should have it checked by professionals, like our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. We’ll take care of any debris inside the wound and treat it so it doesn’t get worse. Don’t risk injuries turning into infections. Contact our Castle Pines or Parker, CO, offices for an appointment right away by calling (303) 805-5156.

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Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC
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