Puncture wounds are usually caused by a sharp, pointed object such as a nail or needle. Puncture wounds can be very serious. The main concern is that it is a small, yet deep wound, and germ-laden bacteria can be pushed into the wound.
Puncture wounds are often difficult to clean. If the object has penetrated the bone, it can abscess. This is especially risky if an object penetrates a tennis shoe. The foam in tennis shoes is known to harbor a type of bacteria called pseudomonas, which can cause infection of the tissues.
If you Replace yourself in a situation where you need to provide first aid for a puncture wound, follow these instructions:
• Flush the area thoroughly with water, cleaning well
• Elevate the punctured area if possible
• If signs of infection manifest (redness, swelling, persistent pain, pus or fever), contact a health professional (These signs of infection apply to any type of wound)
• If a foot has been punctured, wear a clean sock and shoe to protect the area while it is healing
It is always a good idea to make sure you are current on your immunizations against tetanus.
Just wanted to add this. I was working in the home of an older couple from Poland, when I asked for a band-aid for a blister. She gave it to me but said that when I got home, I should use the membrane from a raw egg instead of the bandage. Wow did it work well.I had a tough time peeling it away from the shell, and kept layering it on but it made a 'plaster' and healed it very quickly. Don't use the 'air-sac' part, it doesn't mold to you skin.
Didn't know that about puncture wounds in tennis shoes. Thanks.