If you’re working at a job in construction or if you’re just working on a home project, you should be wearing proper footwear to protect your feet from loose nails laying around. Even if you step on a nail that isn’t rusty, there could still be some complications that could end up causing you a lot of pain. See a Brandon Podiatrist right away if you have an extreme amount of pain after an injury like stepping on a nail.
A small nail puncture might not need a visit to Dr. Manohar’s Brandon Podiatrist office. But, if the nail or wound was filthy or the leak is deep, you should see your doctor or check out immediate care. He will likely provide you a tetanus booster shot if you haven’t had one in the past 5 years.
No matter the type of puncture injury, if you can’t remember when you had your last tetanus booster shot or it’s been over ten years, you need to see Dr. Manohar for a tetanus booster. When necessary, you must get the shot within 48 hours after your injury.
Do not minimize the significance of getting an upgraded tetanus booster after stepping on a nail. This is specifically essential if your injury happened outdoors in soil or if you believe the nail was contaminated.
A tetanus infection affects the nervous system and can be deadly. Since there’s no treatment for tetanus, you ought to take every possible measure to avoid this infection.
Signs of tetanus consist of:
- spasms and tightness in jaw muscles
- neck stiffness
- trouble swallowing
- stiff stomach muscles
- body spasms lasting for numerous minutes
- Even if an injury does not advance to tetanus, it can still become infected.
After cleansing and applying antibiotic ointment, keep track of the injury over the next number of days for indications of complications.
A skin infection can develop as early as two days after stepping on a nail. If the injury triggers a joint or bone infection, signs can appear within 14 days after the injury.
Signs of an infection include:
- increased discomfort
- heat and redness
- discharge from the wound
- fever or chills
Visit Dr. Manohar if you develop any of these signs:
- you’re not able to manage bleeding
- you’re not able to remove a foreign things from your injury
- you presume bone damage from a deep leak
Dr. Manohar can order an x-ray to further analyze your foot to identify if an object is still in your skin or if there’s bone damage. For this or any other foot problems, call Dr. Manohar at his Brandon Podiatrist office at (813) 502-5904. Alternately you can use this easy scheduling form to send the staff a message.
Dr. Manohar has been in private practice as a Podiatrist in Zephyrhills since 2001, treating Foot and Ankle Pain including Diabetic Foot Pain and Neuropathy, as well as, providing routine Diabetic Foot Care.
Dr. Manohar is board certified by the American Board of medical specialties in Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Manohar resides in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Dr. Manohar specializes in treating foot and ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis and Heel spurs, Neuromas, Peripheral Neuropathy, Ingrown toenails, Non healing wounds, corns, calluses, Warts, Cysts, Toenail fungus.