I missed a sore on my foot! What now?
It happens. Although the doctors at Westfield Foot and Ankle, LLC recommend that you check your feet daily, sometimes patients go a day — or longer — without inspecting and cleaning their feet. Unfortunately, patients may have missed a cut or a scrape that developed into a deeper wound at risk of infection. If this is you, we’re here to help.
In a recent blog post, we walked you through how to respond to a wound: wash it, wrap it, and call it. However, what can happen if you delay these steps?
Ignite an infection
Time is not on your side when dealing with the potential for an infection. The starting signs of infection can be swelling, redness or discoloration around the site of your sore. You should also be on the lookout for worsening pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, and more. Do not ignore these symptoms. Act fast by scheduling an appointment with a podiatrist and following their guidance.
Miss the bigger issue
If it took a while to notice or feel this new pain, it may be time to visit a podiatrist and pay attention to this potential warning sign. Could you be in the beginning stages of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which is permanent nerve damage? This damage impacts your ability to feel if something is hot or cold — or sharp or dull. You may have missed a sore because you didn’t feel any discomfort.
Delay an opportunity
Taking longer than usual to regularly check your feet? You won’t want to miss your regularly scheduled appointment with a podiatrist. Not only do podiatrists treat feet and ankle conditions, but they also work with you to prevent these issues. Be proactive by maintaining regular appointments.
You’re in the right place if you’re looking for expertise in this area. Dr. David Sullivan is a Certified Wound Specialist, and he and his team help patients in Westfield, IN, or the Hamilton County area. His team can help answer your questions about wounds, including tips on prevention and treatment. Schedule a visit today or call (317) 896-6655.