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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