What Should I do if I Have Broken Skin on my Foot?

The most important step to take if you have a sore or a break in the skin is to make sure to keep the area clean and DRY! Use an over-the-counter antibiotic cream and a light dressing. I’m sure you won’t want to, especially if you’re on vacation, but it really is best to keep out of the water.

What About Waterproof Dressings?

Swimming with an open wound is not recommended by most public swimming pools and may even be prohibited. Most waterproof wound care products are meant to be used in the shower where exposure to water is only for a short time (plus, the water coming out of the shower is relatively clean). This is entirely different from spending a long time in water where the dressing may come off, exposing you to the risk of severe infection from whatever is in the water. The safest way to go is to stay out of the water completely.

When to Visit a Podiatrist

Many factors pertain to wound healing including overall health, systemic diseases, nutrition, proper care, and presence of infection. If a sore appears on your foot for no apparent reason, or a sore is refusing to heal in spite of an appropriate amount of time applying proper home care and treatment, seek medical attention. If you live in the Boise area, Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle can diagnose the source of your foot problem and recommend the appropriate treatment. We want you to be able to get back to enjoying your summer fun as soon as possible.

Do You Or A Family Member Need The Help Of An Experienced Podiatrist In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're seeking the help of an experienced podiatrist you owe it to yourself to speak with our doctors as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.
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