Proper first aid for the foot 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. 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., rice. Rice stands for rest, ice,
compression and elevation. 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. Don’t apply heat to an injury
for at least 36 hours after it occurs.
If you suspect you have broken a bone, it is important
that the part be immobilized to prevent any possible further damage.
Examination and x-ray will help determine the necessary treatment.
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, usually
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 usually
will allow the bleeding to stop. If the bleeding continues, or if it is a
puncture wound, get professional help.
If you have a cut or sore on your foot that is red and
swollen, with drainage coming from it, then it is probably infected. First
soak the area for 20 minutes in warm water, with two tablespoons of Epsom
salts or table salt added for each gallon of water. Do this 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, or if you see
any red streaks going up the foot or leg, or if you have any soreness behind
the knee or in the groin area, professional attention is needed immediately
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. Do not
If you find that you are in need of professional
care due to an injury or infection of the foot, see your podiatrist.
Can a podiatrist help you? We make it easy to find out.
The physicians and staff of the A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Centers
maintain two complete podiatric clinical facilities and provide 24-hour
emergency service. We participate in most health plans including Blue Cross
/ Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. We complete and file all necessary
insurance forms and make every effort to assure you of maximum benefits with
minimum out-of-pocket expense.
You are invited to make an appointment today to relieve your foot
problems by calling us at 970-493-4660 or 970-667-0769.