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.

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