Wound care is essential to prevent infection and further complications. The podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons at Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute in American Fork and Saratoga Springs, Utah, provide home-care guidance and also have the expertise to give your wound the medical attention it might need. To learn more, call today or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
Wound care of the foot and ankle is essential for promoting healing, preventing infection, and minimizing complications. Even for a minor cut or scrape, call Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute for an evaluation of your wound and to get proper care for optimal recovery.
When performing wound care at home, prepare a basin with a quart of lukewarm water and two tablespoons of Epsom salt.
Soak your feet for 15 minutes twice a day. When you remove your feet from the water, gently pat them dry. Next, put antibiotic ointment directly on the wound to prevent infection. Then cover with a sterile bandage. Continue this treatment for two weeks.
You can also take pain medications and oral antibiotics as directed.
In addition, to avoid swelling:
Watch for signs of infection, such as increasing pain, redness, swelling, or discharge. If the wound does not improve within a few days, call Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute for medical attention.
Medical wound care treatments can vary depending on the severity and nature of the wound. The Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute team may recommend specialized dressings, such as hydrogels or foams, to facilitate healing and create a moist environment.
They will prescribe antibiotics if an infection is present or administer tetanus shots if necessary. Procedures like debridement (removal of dead tissue) or suturing may be required for more complex wounds.
Practicing proper wound care offers several benefits, including:
By following the recommended wound care guidelines, you actively participate in your healing process and contribute to a successful recovery.
If you have a wound, reach out to Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute for the appropriate treatment and a path to healing. Call your local office or book an appointment online today.