Treating Burns
November 17, 2016
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    Burns on your feet are common throughout the year. It can be something as simple as a superficial sunburn or a very unfortunate accident such as pouring scalding hot water after a trip-and-fall. Regardless of the severity, patient should always seek treatment from an expert.

                   The classification of burns is below:

·         First-degree (superficial) burns. The burn site is red, painful, dry, and with no blisters. Mild sunburn is an example.

·         Second-degree (partial thickness) burns. The burn site appears red, blistered, and may be swollen and painful. Usually due to exposure to very hot water.

·         Third-degree (full thickness) burns. This is extremely serious and destroys skin and even deeper layers. The burn site may appear white or charred, permanent damage may be the result.

·         Fourth degree burns. The most serious type of burn. It can damage the underlying muscles, tendons and even bones.

    To treat minor burns, it is usually a good idea to run cool water on the affected areas and remove any jewelry or tight clothing. Try not to break any blister and cover with antibiotic ointment and a bandage. Check your feet regularly for any change in skin appearance and please come visit us if you see anything abnormal.  A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet or ankles.  In the case of burns, the most important thing is to protect your skin with sunscreen and moisterize even after a burn. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at (973) 673 – 3668.