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Children’s Toe Wounds

An open wound on the toe involves a disruption in the skin, ranging from a superficial cut to a more serious injury that impacts the deeper structures like tendons, muscles, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, and bone. For minor wounds, basic first aid is usually sufficient. However, if the toe wound is deep, has a wide opening, or exhibits persistent bleeding, immediate attention by a podiatrist is necessary. In such cases, the podiatrist may use stitches or medical tape to close the wound. It is particularly important to be vigilant about wounds on the toes, as our feet are often exposed to dirt and bacteria, making them more susceptible to infection. Once a child has been treated for a toe wound, it is imperative to adhere strictly to the podiatrist's guidelines to prevent infection and minimize the potential for scarring. If your child has sustained a toe wound and it is more than a minor scrape, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment.

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 Richard P. Jacoby, DPM from Extremity Health Centers. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Scottsdale and Buckeye, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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