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Treating a Wound on the Bottom of the Foot

Having a wound on the bottom of the foot can not only be painful, but it can also be extremely difficult to treat. With any wound, cleaning and disinfecting it is important. Fortunately, minor cuts heal relatively quickly on their own, and an antibiotic ointment and simple bandage are enough to do the job. Staying off the foot as much as possible is a big help, too. The real problem with a wound on the bottom of the foot is when it is deep, won’t stop bleeding, or becomes infected. In those cases, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for immediate assistance. Keeping the wounded area covered is an effective and important way to avoid dire complications. After cleaning and dressing the area, adding a bandage, then a gauze wrapping, followed by an elastic bandage is suggested by experts. These bandages should be tight enough to protect the wound, but not so tight that circulation to the foot is cut off. If you are unsure of how to deal with a wound on the sole of the foot, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Mark Majeski, DPM from Main Street Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our practitioner will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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