I had a cut on my foot, and it gradually became big and swollen with unbearable pain. Why?

Q. What could be the reason for the wound and swelling on my foot with unbearable pain?

Answered by
Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 20, 2022

Hello doctor,

I had a cut on my foot from sand or something, but then it gradually became big and swollen too hard. It has been causing unbearable pain since last night. Kindly help.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

As per the history and image provided (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), they appear as eczema or footwear contact dermatitis, which got infected. They are skin inflammation and thickening on areas with direct contact with footwear. It mostly appears when wearing new and tight footwear or footwear made with materials that, when coming in contact with skin, lead to allergic reactions and trauma to the skin. They form due to the body's internal response to the material in the form of inflammation and go down with treatment. It appears as though eczema has been infected, which means there might have been bacterial growth on eczema due to leaving them untreated and continuing to wear the footwear and, as you mentioned walking around in the same footwear leading to repeated trauma in the same area.

I would suggest the following:

1. Apply Mupirocin cream on the affected area three times daily.

2. Tablet Hifenac P (Aceclofenac and Paracetamol) twice daily after food for three days (make sure to eat well before consuming the tablet as it may lead to stomach upset if proper food is not consumed). Also, rule out any history of allergy to medications before consuming this tablet. In case of previous allergies to similar medications, kindly avoid the intake of this tablet.

3. Tablet Pantop (Pantoprazole) 40 mg twice daily before food for three days. Make sure to consume the tablet half an hour before food intake to prevent gastric discomfort.

4. I would also like to advise you to check for secretions from the wound. In case of secretions or excess pain, consult a doctor in person for undergoing a swab test where the secretions would be taken to test the presence of bacteria, and the antibiotic which is sensitive to them will be prescribed.

5. Tablet Limcee 500 mg (Vitamin C and Sodium ascorbate) daily after dinner for one month for faster wound healing. Do not consume hot water or food half an hour before and after consumption of this tablet, and do not drink milk after its consumption.

6. Avoid wearing the current footwear and wear soft and comfortable footwear.

I hope this helps.

Thank you.

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