This week we celebrate July 4th or Independence Day. It’s a day filled with food, fun, and many times, fireworks. But it’s not a day exempt from injuries, even on your feet. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists, in Bellevue, WA, is sharing his tips for keeping your feet safe this July 4th.
On the Fourth of July, many people across the country light fireworks as a sign of their loyalty to our great country. But with the adrenaline rush they get; most people are not thinking about potential problems that could occur with the wrong step.
It’s not uncommon for people to use their foot to put a firecracker out or to kick a used one over to avoid burning your fingers. But by doing so, you’re taking a risk of getting burnt on your feet.
The most commonly seen burns are sunburns, followed by second-degree burns from walking outside while barefoot on asphalt. Particularly on the 4th of July, one needs to worry about burns from fireworks.
These types of burns are characterized in degrees - from first to third - with third-degree being the worst. But depending on the amount of exposure from the sun or the direct force of a roman candle, the degree of a burn can differ.
First degree burns are typically seen after spending a day at the beach. Most people usually remember to apply sunscreen, but they often forget about the tops of the feet. This type of burn hurts for a short period and does not cause any skin loss. The best treatments for this type of burn are Tylenol and an application of aloe, both of which you can easily find at any drug store.
Burns that are considered to be second degree typically develop blisters and can also be rather painful. Treatment for these burns includes piercing the blisters and applying an antibiotic cream, that your podiatrist prescribes.
Lastly, third-degree burns are the most damaging and, therefore, the worst. These burns are more likely to occur when using fireworks because of the intense, quick heat. Other than cooling the area as quickly as possible with slightly cool water and topical treatments, these burns may require surgery. If you think you have suffered a severe burn, you should consult us immediately!
Be sure to avoid all types of burns this holiday, apply your sunscreen regularly, wear shoes when outside and leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Follow these tips from Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, and you’ll enjoy happy and healthy feet this 4th of July. If you’re experiencing any issues with your feet, contact us today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation.