Injuries can happen to your feet, no matter how careful you are. A foot wound can happen if you step on something sharp, walk on a hot surface, or hit your foot on a hard object. Whatever the reason, you should seek treatment immediately to ensure the foot wound doesn’t develop into something more serious. There are certain steps you can take at home to care for your foot wound before seeing a podiatrist who can determine what treatment will work best for your specific needs.
Steps to Take for a Wound on the Bottom of Your Foot
For those with diabetes who have nerve damage or reduced sensation, a wound on the bottom of the foot may not be detected immediately. It is essential to check your feet daily, so you can treat a wound at the first sign of a problem. If left untreated, it can become infected and lead to severe complications.
What to Do When You Develop a Foot Wound
- Clean the wound with mild soap and warm water.
- Cover the wound with a loose dressing.
- Keep pressure off the wound.
- Contact a podiatrist for an appointment.
How a Podiatrist Can Help
A wound on the bottom of your foot can quickly become more serious if it is not treated correctly. A podiatrist can examine your foot and recommend treatment options. Topical or oral antibiotics may be needed if there are signs of infection such as redness, warmth, or swelling. In addition, a podiatrist can debride the wound to remove any dirt, debris, or dead tissue to promote healing. If the injury occurred due to a sharp object, you might need a tetanus shot.
Contact Our Keller Wound Care Podiatrist
If you have a wound on the bottom of your foot, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation today. We can discuss treatment options based on your specific needs. To request an appointment, contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient contact form or calling our office at 817-481-4000.