Summer is around the corner and that means our feet will be allowed to breathe again...but that also means taking extra care of them! Puncture wounds are very common during the warm weather due to walking around without shoe gear. What makes puncture wounds unique from superficial cuts/scrapes in the foot is the depth of the wound and the introduction of foreign material (such as our own socks, skin debris, seashells, glass, etc) which can serve as a portal for infection. These wounds require immediate medical attention to thoroughly cleanse the area along with removal of any foreign material and/or debris along with it. Most times, specific antibiotics are indicated for these wounds. It is also important to make sure your tetanus status is up to date if you do step on a foreign object! Obviously if you are a diabetic or have any other underlying medical conditions which suppress your immune system, it is even more crucial to seek podiatric medical care.
We always recommend wearing supportive shoe gear but understand that the warm weather becomes tempting. Always be careful when walking around barefoot as to not stepping on any foreign objects. That being said, accidents happen and if that happens to be the case; our doctors at Advanced Podiatry are available at several of our locations to help care for your feet. It is good practice to inspect the bottom of your feet after a long summer day just to make sure there are no cuts, scrapes or wounds on the bottom of your feet. If you do notice anything unusual on your feet, do not attempt to self treat at home and come in to get evaluated to avoid any infections.
Enjoy your upcoming summer...and keep your feet safe!