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Do I need surgery if I have a puncture wound?

Generally speaking, puncture wounds will not require surgical repair. In most cases with careful care, they heal on their own, and unlike cuts, puncture wounds do not typically require stitches or adhesives, since the break in the skin is only a small hole rather than a long gash or tear. That said, you should visit a foot and ankle surgeon after sustaining the injury in order to make sure the wound is fully cleaned and free from any embedded foreign particles.

Treatment for a puncture woundIf surgery is eventually required, it’s usually not a result of the puncture itself (unless the damage to underlying tissues is extreme) but rather from a deep tissue or bone infection caused by the infection. That’s why it’s important to carefully apply first aid techniques and see your specialist as soon as possible after the trauma. If this happens to you, call Family Foot and Ankle Center right away at either (513) 728-4800 or (859) 282-1572, or set up an appointment online.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.