Puncture wounds without foreign body of the toe are caused by a sharp object puncturing the skin, such as a nail or a splinter.
Diagnosis is usually made by physical examination and the patient’s history. The wound will be inspected for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, and warmth. Tests for infection, such as a complete blood count, may also be done.
Differential diagnosis for this type of wound includes other types of trauma such as lacerations, burns, and abrasions.
Treatment typically involves wound cleaning, debridement, and antibiotics. The wound should be kept clean and dry. The tetanus vaccination should be up to date.
The prognosis is generally good if the wound is treated properly. The wound should heal in a few days, with some residual scarring.