How to Treat Puncture Wounds in Your Feet

Puncture wounds in the feet are very dangerous if left unattended. If the object in the wound is small, treat it immediately; if the object is large or if there is a lot of bleeding, go straight to a doctor. If you can, remove the object and make sure nothing is left behind. Let the wound bleed for a little bit to flush out the area, and then apply pressure to stop the bleeding and rinse with warm salt water. Bandage the wound to protect it, but if you notice any swelling, redness, or puss, you must call your doctor right away to check the wound.[1]

Don’t delay treating a foot wound. Some serious wounds will require immediate help from your doctor as well as a tetanus shot, if it has been more than 10 years since your last.

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