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