The internet is both a blessing and a curse. It is the information highway that we all rely on to give us the answers we’re looking for (with a little amusement along the way). Unfortunately, old wives’ tales and misinformation have woven their way into our lives under the guise of sound medical advice.
Thankfully, we’re here to set the record straight about some of the propaganda regarding foot wound care. Below are five myths about tending to foot wounds that we have effectively debunked:
Myth #1: Butter can heal a burn wound.
Fact: We continue to be mystified by the idea that many think putting foods on injured or diseased parts of the body can somehow heal them.
Slathering butter on a burn wound as if it were toast is not only unseemly but counterproductive and dangerous. The butter can trap the heat on your skin and cause more damage. It would be much more effective to run the burn under cool water and keep the butter in the fridge.
Myth #2: Exposing a foot wound to open air can heal it.
Fact: It had been proven by several studies that this time-honored approach to treating scrapes, cuts and the like actually creates a dry environment that results in cell death. Wounds should be kept moist and covered to promote blood vessel regeneration and decrease the number of inflammatory cells produced.
Myth #3: Alcohol is a great way to clean foot wounds.
Fact: Though rubbing alcohol is a well-known antiseptic; you may want to leave it in the medicine cabinet when it comes to a foot wound. Frankly, it does very little to clean and can actually damage sensitive tissue around the wound.
Myth #4: The appearance of a scab means the wound is healing.
Fact: This common misconception is understandable. After all, no bleeding is a good thing, right? Well, sort of. The appearance of a scab (a collection of platelets that stick together to cover the injury) does indicate that the body is in the midst of repairing itself, which is good. However, scabs can trap bacteria and cells that cause inflammation, prohibiting new cells from forming and delaying the healing process.
Myth #5: A small foot wound doesn’t need to be treated.
Fact: Even the smallest wound can act as a portal for millions of potentially hazardous bacteria and should be treated immediately with appropriate wound care. Doing so ensures optimal healing conditions and prevents infection. Speak to a specialist about the best way to clean and bandage your foot wound if you’re unsure or if you’re concerned it may be infected.
For more information about foot wounds or to schedule an appointment with a specialist, contact Essex Union Podiatry today.