Proper first aid for feet or any other part of the body can greatly reduce the risk of a small problem becoming much worse.
Injuries to your foot or ankle are frequent and common. They range from stubbing a toe to fracturing an ankle. Whenever you sustain an injury to your foot or ankle, think R.I.C.E. — rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Always apply ice and elevate your feet as soon as possible. Along with rest and gentle compression, this reduces bleeding and subsequent swelling of the damaged tissues. Never apply heat to an injury for at least 36 hours after the injury occurs.
If you suspect you have broken a bone in your foot or ankle, it is important that the injured spot be immobilized to prevent any possible further damage. Examination by your local podiatrist and x-rays will help determine the necessary treatment. Call A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Center today if you believe you may have broken or fractured a bone in your foot or ankle!
Cuts on the foot are best treated by thoroughly cleaning the area with an antibacterial soap such as Dial, and then applying an antiseptic like Merthiolate or Betadine. The cut should be kept covered with sterile gauze dressing until a scab is well-formed, which normally takes several days. If the cut is bleeding heavily, elevate the leg, and apply firm pressure with gauze directly on the cut for about 20 minutes. This helps to slow the bleeding and eventually bring it to a stop. In the case that elevation doesn’t help and bleeding continues, or if it is a puncture wound, contact A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Center to speak to a foot specialist immediately!
If you have a cut or sore on your foot that is red, swollen, and has liquids draining out of it, then it is most likely infected. First, soak the area for 20 minutes in warm water with two tablespoons of Epsom salts or table salt added per gallon of water. Repeat this treatment frequently, four to six times a day. Keep the area covered with sterile gauze between soaks. If you find that the condition is not improving after one day, if you see any red streaks going up the foot or leg, or if you have any soreness behind the knee and/or groin area, seek professional attention immediately from the foot and ankle specialists at A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Center to get the infection under control. Infections are a serious matter, and should be dealt with promptly. Failure to have proper treatment of a minor infection may allow it to develop into a life-threatening situation. Call us today if you have a cut or sore that is not healing!
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The physicians and staff of the A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Centers maintain two complete podiatric clinical facilities, and provide 24-hour emergency service for foot and ankle injuries. We participate in most health plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. We complete and file all necessary insurance forms for you, and make every effort to assure you receive maximum benefits with minimum out-of-pocket expenses.
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Contact A Step Ahead Foot and Ankle Center today with any questions or concerns about first aid for your feet and ankles!