Do you have a laceration on your foot that’s causing you to be anxious?
In this post, we look at foot lacerations, their causes, and how podiatrists diagnose and treat them.
What are foot lacerations?
A laceration on the foot refers to a deep cut or tears in the flesh or skin of your feet. Because of the high risk of infection and subsequent complications, especially if you are diabetic, it is wise to seek medical attention.
Foot lacerations may be the result of having scraped your feet, got cut, or been punctured by a sharp object.
The body has a unique ability to heal itself. However, if your immune system is compromised or you have other health issues that slow down your body’s ability to repair itself, a laceration on your foot can be cause for great concern.
Who should be concerned about lacerations on feet?
Firstly, do you know if your cut is merely a laceration or if it’s a toe or foot ulcer?
According to Cleveland Clinic, around 15% of people who have diabetes develop a foot or toe ulcer. And annually, anywhere from 14% to 24% of diabetics in the United States have a limb amputated after developing an ulcer.
Clearly, any wounds on the feet should be taken seriously!
If you have any of the following conditions, it is vital that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist:
· Blood circulation problems
· Kidney disease
· Heart disease
· Other feet conditions such as a hammertoe or bunion
Foot lacerations diagnosis and treatment
A podiatrist will carry out a routine examination of your feet to determine the extent of the wound(s). Referring to your medical history a suitable treatment plan will be proposed. Recovery times are subject to the severity of the laceration and the patient’s health.
Discuss your concerns with a podiatrist
Looking for more insight? Check out our previous posts:
· Jones Fracture of the Fifth Metatarsal – What to Know
· 5 of the Best Achilles Tendonitis Treatments
· Inner Ankle Pain
Disclaimer: Any information provided in this blog is not intended to replace medical advice given by qualified professionals.