If your kids are going to Summer Camp at Desert Oasis, or even if they’re just outside enjoying their summer, they’re bound to get a few bumps and bruises. First aid for feet is important, especially for children. Some injuries require very little treatment, but others can become more serious if left untreated.

One of the most common injuries children sustain on their feet is a splinter. These are easy to take care of by simply using a tweezers to pull it out and then applying antibiotic ointment to the affected area.

If they sustain a scrape to their feet you should apply pressure to stop the bleeding. Then clean it with water only and apply an antibacterial ointment and a bandage. Keep the scrape clean by changing the bandage daily and washing away any dried blood with a damp washcloth.

Sometimes wounds are deep and require stitches. In this case you should get your child to a doctor immediately to get sutures. It’s important to keep the site clean afterwards and to change the dressings every day. Always keep an eye out for infection with any open wound.

Another serious problem is a burn. If your feet get burned you should get yourself to a doctor so they can assess the damage. If you can’t get to a doctor right away try keeping a cold compress on the burn site to keep blisters from forming. If a blister does form don’t try to pop it on your own. As always, keep the burn site clean and check for signs of infection.

If you have questions about first aid for any foot wounds or injuries you or a loved one might have sustained, call us at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.

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Dr. Viedra V. Elison
Founder and Managing Partner of Fixing Feet Institute
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