Posts for: March, 2021

By Dr. Eric Arp
March 02, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Puncture Wound  
Puncture WoundA puncture wound in the foot occurs when you step on an object that leaves a small hole behind. One of the most common puncture wounds comes from stepping on a nail. Puncture wounds are not simply cuts and will require different treatment and care to prevent infection and other complications from occurring. If you’re dealing with a puncture wound, you probably took a trip to your local emergency room for care. Even if you’ve done this, you should still follow up with a podiatrist to make sure the wound is properly cared for and tended to.
Dealing with a puncture wound? Here are the steps you should take,
  • Seek immediate medical attention (head to your local ER)
  • You may need a tetanus shot if it’s been more than 10 years since your last shot
  • Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist within 24 hours of the injury
  • Your podiatrist will provide you with a variety of care instructions to keep it clean and disinfected (make sure to follow all of these instructions)
When you come into the podiatrist’s office the first thing they will do is assess the wound and make sure it is properly cleaned. They will also make sure there is no debris remaining. To clean the wound, a numbing gel may be applied to the area first. Sometimes a round of antibiotics is prescribed to prevent an infection from developing. If your podiatrist suspects that you might still have a piece of an object in the wound or that there might be bone damage, imaging tests may need to be performed.
You must keep off the foot so that it can fully heal. If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics, make sure to take the medication until it is finished (if you stop taking it before the medication is finished it won’t be as effective). While your foot heals you must examine it daily and look for any signs of infection. These signs include,
  • Fever
  • New or worsening pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Drainage
  • Skin that’s warm to the touch
It’s important to turn to a podiatrist right away to treat your puncture wound to prevent complications. A foot and ankle specialist can provide you with instructions on how to properly care for your wound to ensure that it doesn’t get infected. Seek treatment right away.

By Dr. Eric Arp
March 01, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   At-Home Care  

Heel injuries often get better with a little rest and home care. When your heel pain doesn't improve or worsens, your Mountain Home, and Harrison, AR, podiatrist, Dr. Eric Arp of Arp Foot and Ankle, offers treatments that can get you back on your feet again.

How to Treat Your Heel Injury

Resting is one of those things that's harder than it sounds. Even though you know you should stay off your feet, you have so much to do. Unfortunately, if you don't take it easy for a few days, your injury may worsen. Until your heel starts to feel better, avoid exercising, take advantage of grocery store delivery services, and embrace being a temporary couch potato.

While you rest, keep your heel elevated on a pillow. Raising your heel can help decrease swelling and inflammation, as can applying ice packs. Be sure to follow the 20-20 rule when applying ice. Keep the ice pack on for no more than 20 minutes, then remove it for at least 20 minutes. After two or three days, your injury may feel better if you apply heat to your heel. Remember that ice can't be applied directly to the skin.

Over-the-counter pain medications, like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, will help reduce pain and inflammation. Acetaminophen eases pain but won't help inflammation.

Cushioning your heel may make may standing or walking more comfortable. The foot care aisle of your local pharmacy or grocery store in the Harrison, or Mountain Home, areas may offer heel cups. The soft inserts are placed in the heel area of your shoes to reduce pressure on the heel.

When to Call the Podiatrist

Get in touch with your foot doctor if:

  • You are in severe pain.
  • Your pain is getting worse.
  • You can't put any weight on your heel.
  • Walking is difficult.
  • Your heel looks misshapen.
  • If it's been a week or two since your injury, and your heel isn't getting better.

Depending on the cause of your pain, your podiatrist can offer a variety of helpful treatments and devices, such as boots, walking casts, crutches, pain medication, corticosteroid injections, night splints, physical therapy, shockwave, ultrasound, or electrical nerve stimulation treatments.

Are you suffering from heel pain or another foot and ankle issue? Dr. Arp, your podiatrist in Mountain Home, and Harrison, AR, can help ease your pain. Schedule an appointment with the Harrison office by calling (870) 365-3668, or call (870) 425-7363 for the Mountain Home office.