Puncture This

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            A puncture wound and a cut are not the same.  A puncture wound has a small entry hole caused by a pointed object that is stepped upon.  Nails, glass, sewing needles, insulin needles, and seashells are some common offenders.  Puncture wounds require different treatment from cuts because these small holes in the skin can disguise serious injury.  Puncture wounds are common in the foot, especially in warm weather when people go barefoot.  Getting proper treatment within the first 24 hours is extremely important with puncture wounds because they carry the danger of embedding the piercing object under the skin.  Research shows that complications of puncture wounds can be prevented if the patient seeks professional treatment right away.

            Home treatments for puncture wounds may bring short-term, temporary relief, but medical answers are your best bet for effective, long-lasting results.  At our office, our aim is to prevent, not just repair.  Don't wait for injuries, skin conditions, fungal infections, and aches and pains to disappear like magic, because they won't.  Come see us instead for prompt, personal attention to your feet's every need at 299 Lincoln Street, Suite 202, Worcester.  We have office hours by appointment.  Call 508-757-4003.

 

HINT:  By their nature, all puncture wounds are dirty wounds because they involve penetration of an object that isn't sterile.