Top 5 Wound Care Tips
You know you shouldn’t have walked barefoot outside, and now you have a cut on your sole from a piece of broken glass. Those flip-flops didn’t protect you during a fall, and the road rash on the side of your foot is red and painful. You had surgery on your foot and need to know how to care for the incision. You have diabetes and didn’t notice that blister in the ball of your foot, and now it has burst and the open wound won’t heal. What do you do? Here are some wound care tips that can steer you in the right direction:
- Keep it clean. You should wash it with gentle soap and warm water every day to remove any debris and keep bacteria out.
- Keep it moist. Apply antibiotic cream or gel to the broken skin to reduce the risk of infection. Once the wound has closed, you can use regular petroleum jelly as it continues to heal to reduce the level of scarring.
- Keep it protected. Use a fresh bandage or dressing every day to keep irritants and bacteria out and protect the skin as it heals. If the sore is on your sole, you shouldn’t walk directly on it. We can show you how to use simple padding and tape to keep pressure off the wound and allow it to heal. Many surgeries will require a protective boot or non-weight bearing for several weeks during recovery.
- Keep it nourished. Eating right is a big part of the healing process. Pick a balance of healthy foods and make sure you get enough protein—at meals and for snacks. Drink plenty of water and other non-sweetened drinks to stay hydrated, and practice strict sugar control if you are diabetic.
- Keep it in sight. Watch the spot each day for signs of infection like warmth, redness, or streaking. You should see improvement each day.
If you follow these tips faithfully, the wound should heal properly without excessive scarring. If your sore doesn’t start to get better in a couple of days, or you notice infection symptoms, come see us right away to find out what needs to be done to help it heal. You can call Brook Valley Podiatry for an appointment at (845) 352-0757 for the Spring Valley office. You can also use our online contact form to schedule.