Foot Lacerations Can Lead to Complications
Foot Lacerations are tears in the skin of the foot that happen when sharp items create a gash. Lacerations that occur at the foot’s top could damage nerves, blood vessels or tendons. Those that occur at the bottom of feet are not as dangerous due to the thickened skin in this area. Our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM at NOLA Sole Podiatry have the experience and know-how to treat lacerations to the foot. Call us at 504-302-1586 and visit us at our New Orleans, LA location today to learn more about this condition.
No matter where they occur on the foot, lacerations should be treated right away by applying pressure to the wound to start clotting so that bleeding can stop. The wound should then be cleaned to remove any foreign matter such as mold, rust or glass. An antibiotic cream should be applied to the cleaned wound and covered. A tetanus shot may be required if it has been more than 10 years since getting one. Oral antibiotics may also be necessary because there may have been multiple types of bacteria on the object that tore the skin and effective medicine may be necessary to cover a wide possibility of contagions.
After the laceration is cared for, recovery from the injury may take up to two weeks to heal, but only if the wound is protected via a bandage to prevent infections and from making the tear larger by any additional trauma. On the other hand, severe lacerations that occur on the top of feet and that cut tendons or nerves or that become infected will likely require a more comprehensive and invasive solution such as surgery. A surgical procedure to treat this condition will include cleaning the infected area and repairing damaged tendons or nerves.
Since lacerations are a type of condition that require immediate attention and may cause severe foot issues if not done so, please contact our offices today and we will help provide you with quality care and treatment to ensure that your lacerations don’t lead to complications.