If you cut your foot or step on a sharp object, you must act quickly to prevent an infection. You can care for many minor wounds at home, but for more serious injuries, seek professional help. In Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, you need look no further than Aldo M. Gonzalez, DPM, who specializes in all aspects of foot-related wound care at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida. Make your appointment by calling today, or for less urgent issues, use the online booking tool.
The skin on the bottom of your feet is tough and durable, but it’s susceptible to cuts, gashes, and puncture wounds. This is especially true in the spring and summer months when many people go barefoot or wear flip-flops and sandals.
Other common causes of foot wounds include wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, participating in high-impact sports like running or basketball, and working in hazardous environments like construction sites.
Certain health problems also increase your risk of foot wounds. For example, diabetes, neuropathy, and vascular disease all affect your circulation. Without adequate blood flow to your feet, cuts and wounds are less likely to heal and more susceptible to infection.
You can treat the majority of foot wounds with basic first aid. If you cut your foot or stub your toe, apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding. Then wash the cut with soap and warm water and dry it off thoroughly with a towel. Apply an antibiotic cream and wrap it in a bandage.
If the bleeding continues or your wound becomes sensitive to the touch, don’t hesitate to seek professional medical help. Other telltale signs of a more serious wound include:
Left untreated, an open wound or ulcer can also cause an infection in your bone.
To diagnose the severity of your foot wound and, if not obvious, the underlying cause, Dr. Gonzalez performs a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. If a visual inspection doesn’t provide adequate information, Dr. Gonalez may also order a series of X-rays to get a better look at your bones.
Whenever possible, Dr. Gonzalez treats foot wounds using conservative measures of care including rest, bandages, and prescription antibiotics. If you have diabetes or another circulatory disorder, Dr. Gonzalez may also recommend lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet and exercising more regularly.
For foot wounds caused by foreign objects, surgical intervention may be necessary. Dr. Gonzalez also performs arthroscopic surgeries to prevent further damage by diabetic ulcers and serious infections.
For comprehensive care for foot wounds, cuts, and gashes, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida today.