Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Abrasion of the Foot or Toe Overview

What is an abrasion of the foot or toe?
A person with an abrasion of the foot or toe has a scratch or scrape to the skin on the foot or toe. A superficial abrasion removes only the outermost layer of skin. A deep abrasion may remove all of the skin layers. Normally, the skin is a natural barrier to bacteria on the skin surface. When layers of skin are removed, a skin infection may occur.

What are the symptoms of an abrasion of the foot or toe?
Symptoms of a foot or toe abrasion include minor bleeding, pain around the abrasion, foot tenderness, and toe tenderness.

How does the doctor treat an abrasion of the foot or toe?
Superficial foot or toe abrasions can be treated safely at home. Treatment includes cleansing the wound gently, removing dirt, applying antibiotic ointment, and covering the wound with a bandage. Large or deep abrasions of the foot or toe may require tetanus immunization and surgery.

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