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Puncture Wound in the Foot

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a puncture wound?

A puncture wound is a hole in the skin of your foot made by a sharp, pointed object. The area may be bruised or swollen. You may have bleeding, pain, or trouble moving the affected area.

Puncture Wound

How is a puncture wound diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your foot injury and look for signs and symptoms of infection. He or she will also check how well you can move the injured area and ask if you have any numbness. Tell your provider how and when you were injured, especially if it was an animal bite. An x-ray, ultrasound, CT, or MRI may show deeper injuries or foreign objects. You may be given contrast liquid to help the injury or objects show up better in the pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if you have any metal in or on your body.

How is a puncture wound treated?

Treatment depends on how severe the wound is and when the injury happened. You may need any of the following:

How can I manage my symptoms?

Rest and elevate your foot above the level of your heart as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling and pain. Prop your leg on pillows or blankets to keep your foot elevated comfortably.

Elevate Leg

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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