Common Skin Injuries to the Feet
Redness and warmth could signal the beginning of a blister, a
very common skin injury. To prevent them friction must be
minimized by wearing proper fitting shoes and comfortable socks
that keep your feet dry. Be careful to watch
for signs of infection which include pus draining from the
blister, very red or warm skin around the blister and red streaks
leading away from the blister. Call us immediately if
you have any of these signs.
A contusion is a deep bruise is caused by direct impact to
a muscle, tendon or ligament in the foot or ankle which results in
blood pooling. To treat this injury make sure you Rest,
Ice, Compress and Elevate (R.I.C.E.) until you can see us.
A subungual hematoma is blood that forms between the toenail and
the nailbed and is caused by a crush injury (dropping something on
your toe) or repeated jamming. If this happens to you please
call us right away. You may need x-rays to determine if the
toe is broken or crushed and the blood may need to be drained to
relieve the pressure.
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