Seeking treatment for your foot pain can be overwhelming, and you may have many questions for us about your particular ailment and treatment options. Here, we share answers for the questions we are asked most about medical care for ankles, feet, and lower legs.
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How are foot burns treated?
Burns damage varying levels of skin and are graded as first-degree through fourth-degree depending on the severity. Knowing how serious they are helps us determine how foot burns are treated.
First-degree burns affect only the surface layer and usually just need to be kept clean and soothed with a lotion like aloe vera to heal. They can be treated at home in most cases.
Dead skin and tissue may need to be removed (debrided) from second-degree burns, and antibiotic cream and dressings will be applied and reapplied, which usually involves trips to our office or a treatment center.
Don’t hesitate to get help for third or fourth-degree burns. Cover with a clean dry cloth and seek medical attention immediately. They should not be washed in water as it may chill the under-layers of tissue and cause even more damage or hypothermia. Without medical attention, the skin will not heal or grow back on its own, so they may require grafts and reconstructive surgery.
For help with foot burns or other accidents or sports injuries, please contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Gilbert at (480) 981-1800 or in Chandler at (480) 963-9000 and get the expert care you need.
How can I tell how serious my foot burn is?
Burns on feet (or anywhere) are classified into three grades. A first-degree burn involves only the surface layer of skin, and may result in red patches but no blisters. More serious are second-degree burns that may involve thickened pink skin or fluid-filled blisters. Third-degree burns have wide areas of damaged skin that can appear white and dry or red and raw. Some add a fourth category for burns that reach underneath the skin and flesh layers to tendons or bones.
You can search the Internet for pictures of the various types if you are unsure what your level of damage is. Minor burns often heal well with home care in a week or two, but if the skin on your feet is blistered, raised, or raw, you should seek help at our office right away or call 911. This is also important for chemical and electrical burns, because they may have serious effects inside your body even if they don’t look that bad from the outside. In addition, any type of burn can become infected if it is not cared for properly.
To learn more, or to have a burn treated, call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona at the following numbers:
Chandler: (480) 963-9000
Gilbert: (480) 981-1800
What causes feet to swell?
The causes of swollen feet are many and varied, but could be divided into a few main categories:
- Activity-related – Sitting too long at your desk or on a plane, or standing long hours at work (checkouts or factory workers), can cause fluid to collect at the lowest point of your body.
- Injury or surgery related – When your body experiences trauma (damaged tendons, broken bones, incisions and tissue manipulation during surgery), it rushes extra fluids to the area to provide nutrients and fight off infection.
- Medical conditions – Some examples are heart and liver disease, poor valves in the veins in your legs, clots or blockages in the blood vessels, or kidneys that don’t excrete fluids properly.
- Hormonal changes – Swollen feet and ankles are common during pregnancy and your menstrual cycles, and hormone treatments like estrogen can also produce this symptom in women.
- Medications – Certain blood pressure meds, antidepressants, and steroids can increase your likelihood of edema.
We have many home care techniques (elevation, icing, massage) to reduce swelling, but visit Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for correct diagnosis so you can get treatment for the underlying cause as well. You can reach us in Gilbert, AZ at (480) 981-1800 or by calling our Chandler office at (480) 963-9000.
What can I do to treat my foot odor?
Foot odor is a common problem, but home care can help. Smelly feet are the result of your sweat mixing with the bacteria that live on the surface of your skin and in your shoes. Dealing with the sweat can help reduce or eliminate the unpleasant scent. Wear moisture-wicking, fitted socks made from breathable materials. Make sure your shoes allow air to circulate—skip the plastic kind in favor of those made with canvas, leather, or mesh. Wash and dry your feet daily to keep them clean, and avoid wearing the same pair of shoes two days in a row. If you sweat heavily or participate in athletics, change your socks during the day to minimize how much moisture stays trapped against your skin. Apply antiperspirant deodorant, sprays, or powders to your feet and footwear; these can help with both the moisture and the smell.
If you continue to struggle with smelly feet, let our staff at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you with more intensive ways of managing foot odor. You can use our website, call, or fax a request for an appointment: to reach the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; to reach the Gilbert location, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.