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.