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Your preschooler follows the older kids excitedly as they build their tree fort—until she steps on a nail and shrieks. The nail doesn't look rusty. What should you do? "Even a nail that looks clean can carry tetanus," says Dr. Alan MacGill, a podiatrist in Boynton Beach, FL. Most kids have had vaccines and boosters, but a 3-year-old is almost due for the next one, "so get to urgent care or the ER to get it addressed."

Dr. Alan McGill

Two other concerns: A puncture brings in dirt, debris, perspiration, and maybe sock and shoe fragments that can cause infection. "Urgent care or the ER can flush out the wound better than you can, and they'll probably give her antibiotics as a precaution," MacGill says. Also, "the foot is a complex structure—with tendons, ligaments, bones, nerves—and it's hard to see how far the damage goes," he says. Better to have an expert assess it.

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

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