A member asked:

What to do if i step on a nail?

11 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Gregory Hines answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

You should be seen, may need antibiotics, and at least need to make sure that your tetanus status is up to date.

Answered Jun 22, 2014


Dr. Angelo Mitsos answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Depending on the depth of the puncture wound, the area may need to be debrided and followed for possible involvement of bone infection or osteomyelitis with x-rays and other diagnostic testing. Tetanus immunoglobulin is also recommended and updating of tetanus immunization is also recommended.

Answered Apr 24, 2015


Dr. Khurram Khan answered

Specializes in Wound care

First you must update your tetanus status. Next the area needs to be cleaned and any foreign material needs to be removed (what did the nail go through? Shoes? Socks?) any foreign material may lead to infection. Lastly the area needs to be protected and the less pressure on it, the better.

Answered Sep 28, 2016



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