IV For Your Feet
When you are at the hospital and require an IV, you may feel a bit nervous. This is especially true if you are already ill or suffering from an injury. Sometimes it is impossible to implant an IV in the hand or the arm. In cases such as these, a doctor or podiatrist will choose to insert an IV into the foot instead. IV’s allow a patient to get medicine that they need as fast as possible. IV’s are a very helpful tool in the medical world and used widely. Never had an IV? Not sure how it works? Here is a general overview of the IV process and what to expect.
First, a doctor or nurse will come into the room with the required materials. These materials include gloves, an IV needle, sterilization pads and gauze. Sometimes they will come in with tubes of medicine or empty vials for drawing blood. It all depends on the situation at hand.
Once they find a vein that is appropriate, they will prep the site with an alcohol pad to sterilize it. This ensures that there are no infections at the site of the IV. They will then insert the needle into the vein and attach any medicine or draw any blood necessary. The process usually causes minimal pain.
Why would I get an IV?
Sometimes an IV is used to administer pain-reducing medication. After a foot surgery, you may require an IV in order to get that medicine to your foot. Other times, you may be suffering from a severe infection. Infections often require medicine to treat, and one way to get that medicine into the foot or body is to use an IV. Another reason why you may need an IV is to get hydrated quickly. If the body becomes dehydrated it can cause foot pain, cramping and weakness. This can be detrimental to your overall health and an IV can help remedy this situation quickly.
Although getting an IV isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, it can be very helpful when treating foot-related infections or injuries. If you want to learn more about IV’s in or for the foot, you should contact your podiatrist right away. This is doubly important if you believe you a suffering from an infection. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff will teach you about your condition and help determine the right treatment process. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.