A foot wound might not seem like a big deal, especially when it is small. However, due to constant pressure on the feet, the presence of bacteria and complicating health factors such as diabetes, even a simple cut or blister can get out of control if not treated.
It is essential that you understand the types of wound care for feet and keep the supplies you might need on hand. To help you approach this the right way, here are some simple wound care tips for feet.
Clean the Wound as Soon as You Notice It
Foot wounds should always be taken seriously. Be sure you know how to care for them.
If you have neuropathy, you might not notice your wound right away. You should check your feet at least once a day and clean the wound as soon as you notice it. Use sterile saline and antibacterial soap for this.
Use Antibiotic Ointment and Cover the Wound
The big thing is to make sure the wound does not become infected. Standard over-the-counter antibiotic ointment should get the job done in most cases. Once this is applied, cover the wound with a sterile bandage. Be sure to have bandages for the feet in your medicine cabinet at all times. Not all bandages work well in this area.
Monitor the Wound
If you notice it getting redder, more painful, swollen or any other signs of infection, seek help immediately. Your PCP can refer to us, or you can contact us directly to be seen by one of our specialists, who can quickly diagnose what is going wrong and provide you with the best possible strategy to heal the wound effectively.
If you are worried about your foot health, we are here to help. Give us a call at 301-948-2995 or use our contact form to get in touch.