Users' questions

How long does it take for an ankle cut to heal?

How long does it take for an ankle cut to heal?

A broken ankle usually takes 6 to 8 weeks to heal, but it can take longer. The doctor will tell you: how long you’ll have to wear the boot or have the plaster cast on. how much weight to put on your ankle – you may be given crutches or a walking frame to help keep weight off it.

How long does it take for a cut to heal?

Stopping the bleeding, cleaning the wound thoroughly and covering it with a plaster or dressing is usually all that’s needed. Minor wounds should start to heal within a few days.

When to seek medical help for a cut?

If the wound is painful for the first few days, you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. When to get medical help. Call NHS 111 or visit your local walk-in centre, minor injuries unit or GP surgery if there’s a risk your wound could become infected, or you think it’s already infected.

What should I do if I have a cut on my hand?

Make sure you’ve washed your wound with soap and water, removing any visible debris. Antiseptic solutions such as hydrogen peroxide may be used the first day, but not more than once. After the wound has been cleaned, dry it and keep it covered with antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin, and a bandage until new skin has developed over the wound.

When to remove a dressing from a cut?

Use waterproof dressings to keep the wound dry while bathing and showering. You can remove the dressing after a few days, once the wound has closed itself. If the wound is painful for the first few days, you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

What should I do if I have a cut on my foot?

Follow the healthcare provider’s instructions on how to care for the cut. You may also be given instructions for keeping weight off of the area to allow the injury to heal. Keep the wound clean and dry. Don’t get the wound wet until you are told it is OK to do so. If the area gets wet, gently pat it dry with a clean cloth.

How is a laceration of the foot treated?

Foot Laceration: All Closures A laceration is a cut through the skin. Deep cuts may require stitches. Minor cuts may be treated with surgical tape closures or skin glue. X-rays may be done if something may have entered the skin through the cut, such as glass or rocks.

When to seek treatment for a foot puncture?

Many patients cannot judge how far their puncture extends into the foot. Therefore, if you have stepped on something and the skin was penetrated, seek treatment as soon as possible. The type and cleanliness of the penetrating object also determine the severity of the wound.