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What puts someone at risk for puncture wound of the foot?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Barefeet

And improper shoe gear in an environment with objects that can puncture the foot and even the shoe gear puts someone at higher risk.

In brief: Barefeet

And improper shoe gear in an environment with objects that can puncture the foot and even the shoe gear puts someone at higher risk.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Bruce Genter
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Protect your feet

The simplest way to avoid puncture wound to the feet is to avoid walking with bare feet.
Although it is comfortable to walk barefooted, especially on carpet, one can never be sure that a sharp object hasn't fallen on the floor. Outside, the ground is full of sharp things, stones, etc. Try keeping some comfortable old shoes or slippers in various places to slip on conveniently.

In brief: Protect your feet

The simplest way to avoid puncture wound to the feet is to avoid walking with bare feet.
Although it is comfortable to walk barefooted, especially on carpet, one can never be sure that a sharp object hasn't fallen on the floor. Outside, the ground is full of sharp things, stones, etc. Try keeping some comfortable old shoes or slippers in various places to slip on conveniently.
Dr. Bruce Genter
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Avoidance is the best policy, and being careful to protect the area is the most obvious help. In case of damage, a set of precautions and medical examination is needed.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Exposed feet

Other than the obvious answer of walking with unprotected feet over sharp objects, the most probable risk is neuropathic conditions of the feet with diabetes being the most common reason.
This predisposes individuals to not be aware of trauma and predispose to injury. Numerous other conditions may be responsible for lower extremity neuropathy.

In brief: Exposed feet

Other than the obvious answer of walking with unprotected feet over sharp objects, the most probable risk is neuropathic conditions of the feet with diabetes being the most common reason.
This predisposes individuals to not be aware of trauma and predispose to injury. Numerous other conditions may be responsible for lower extremity neuropathy.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Diabetic patients

Diabetic patiens have minimal sensation in their feet due to neuropathy and often times will not feel injuries to the feet from sharp objects as small as a paper clip.
This can lead to plantar foot wounds that can lead to osteomyelitis of the bones. Proper foot protectionn is very important in diabetic patients.

In brief: Diabetic patients

Diabetic patiens have minimal sensation in their feet due to neuropathy and often times will not feel injuries to the feet from sharp objects as small as a paper clip.
This can lead to plantar foot wounds that can lead to osteomyelitis of the bones. Proper foot protectionn is very important in diabetic patients.
Dr. Krishna Narayanan
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Foreign Materials

Punctures may have contamination from bacteria, dirt, foreign materials, etc.
Which may cause major problems. Inadequate cleaning and exploration sets up a dangerous wound. Tetanus or local infections problem in foot, where there is not great circulation and "closed" spaces, which if infected, can cause major problems and even life threatening complications.

In brief: Foreign Materials

Punctures may have contamination from bacteria, dirt, foreign materials, etc.
Which may cause major problems. Inadequate cleaning and exploration sets up a dangerous wound. Tetanus or local infections problem in foot, where there is not great circulation and "closed" spaces, which if infected, can cause major problems and even life threatening complications.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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