Overview of puncture wounds
- Larry M Baddour, MD, FIDSA
Larry M Baddour, MD, FIDSA
- Professor of Medicine
- Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Puncture wounds, particularly to the plantar surface of the foot, are common and occur in all age groups. For example, over 7 percent of patients with lower extremity trauma who presented to an emergency department in one survey had plantar puncture wounds . Patients seek medical attention for these wounds for a variety of reasons including:
●Questions about the need for tetanus immunization
●Treatment of established infection involving soft tissues or musculoskeletal structures
The clinical aspects and treatment approach to puncture wounds are reviewed here. Puncture wounds that occur in specialized settings such as water exposure are discussed separately. (See "Soft tissue infections following water exposure".)
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