A to Z: Open Wound, Knee/Leg/Ankle
May also be called: Cut
An open wound of the knee, leg, or ankle means a cut or break in the skin there. The wound may be minor and near the surface of the skin. Or it can be more serious, affecting deeper tissues, such as tendons, muscles, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, or bone.
More to Know
Treat minor wounds at home with first aid. Seek immediate medical attention if a wound won't stop bleeding, is more than an inch long, or appears to be deep or gaping. Doctors may try to close the wound with stitches, tape, or an adhesive glue.
Keep in Mind
Deep, large, and dirty wounds need more care. (A "dirty" wound means a cut that germs have gotten into.) After a child receives medical attention for a wound of the knee, leg, or ankle, follow instructions carefully to prevent infection and minimize scarring.
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