Wound Care Minute: How to Measure Wounds on a Foot

Published on April 14, 2017 by Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS

In this 90-second video, WCEI co-founder Nancy Morgan explains how to use the clock method to measure foot wounds.


Hi, I’m Nancy Morgan, Co-Founder of the Wound Care Education Institue, and today’s question is: How do I measure wounds on a foot?

Well, the best way, most consistent way to measure is using the clock method. So let’s pretend that I’m  your patient and I’m standing before you and I’m on my tippy-toes. You know, like a ballerina would dance on her tippy-toes?

Ok, I’m facing you right now. All right, now I want you to tattoo a clock on me. Visually. So 12:00 would be at my head, 6:00 at my feet, and then side-to-side would be 3:00-9:00 and that would be my width, ok? So length is 12:00 to 6:00, width would be 3:00 – 9:00.

Now, let’s kind of move your vision down to the feet. The heel is at 12:00, right? and the toes are at 6:00. If you always do it in this fashion, you’ll always get it right. I hope that tip helps you! If you have any comments or questions for me you can email me directly at [email protected] Thanks for watching and have great day. Keep healing!

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For additional details on the clock method (a.k.a. linear measurement), see the WCEI blog Top Wound Measurement Techniques.


Wound Care Education Institute® provides online and onsite courses in the fields of Skin, Wound, Diabetic and Ostomy Management. Health care professionals who meet the eligibility requirements may sit for the prestigious WCC®, DWC® and OMS national board certification examinations through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® (NAWCO®). For more information see wcei.net.

Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS
Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS

Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS, is a freelance digital marketing consultant who works with clients in healthcare, law and behavioral health. Her specialties include content creation, social media and brand clarity. As an eight-time Wild On Wounds conference staff member and an alumna of WCEI's training program for wound care marketing professionals, she loves the exceptional passion of clinicians who treat wounds. She frequently finds herself advising friends and family to keep their minor wounds warm and moist.

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