It’s a rare day when your feet aren’t in action, which makes them susceptible to wounds and trauma. From puncture wounds to broken bones, Daniel Hennessy, DPM, at Denville Foot & Ankle, can handle most anything that comes your foot’s way. With high-definition X-ray, casting services, and expert wound care, Dr. Hennessy gets patients in Denville, New Jersey, back on their feet in no time. For more information about wound care, call the office or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.
During your waking hours, your feet are constantly in motion and vulnerable to injury. From summer antics without shoes to stubbing your toe on a curb, there are many types of wounds and injuries that can develop in your feet, including:
Even seemingly benign conditions, such as ingrown toenails, plantar warts, and blisters can be problematic if they become infectious.
If you’re healthy, this is a tough question to answer, and you’ll need to use your best judgment. For example, if you have a deep, throbbing puncture wound, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and make an appointment to see Dr. Hennessy. These types of wounds have a way of becoming infected, so you should get the proper care up front to prevent this serious complication.
As well, any injury that’s hampering your mobility should be evaluated by the doctor. From broken toes to cuts on your heels, these small injuries can have a big impact on your ability to get around.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition, like diabetes (or any other condition that compromises the circulation in your feet) the answer is an easy one — always have any foot wound checked out by Dr. Hennessy. If your feet don’t have the necessary blood flow for healing, even the smallest wound can blossom into something much larger, threatening your entire foot.
Here again, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. If you have an ulcer, which is an open wound, Dr. Hennessy evaluates the extent of the wound to determine whether you need stitches. At the very least, he’s able to expertly clean out your wound and put you on antibiotics to prevent an infection.
Again, this is especially important if you have diabetes or peripheral artery disease.
If your injury is internal, Dr. Hennessy uses high-definition X-rays and ultrasound to identify the problem in order to best treat it. If he sees a fracture, Dr. Hennessy offers casting and bracing services that will help your bones heal properly.
For expert wound care, call Denville Foot & Ankle or set up an appointment using the online scheduling tool.