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First Aid for the Feet

October 2003
First Aid for the Feet

Unfortunately accidents or injuries do happen, but when they do happen prompt and appropriate treatment becomes important in the course of treatment. Here are some general tips one should consider when injured to keep the problem at bay before seen by a trained profession.

Rest: Important to have the injuries splinted in some fashion after an injury to ensure further movement or weight does not cause further damage. As a result the traditional "I'll walk it (injury) off" may not be such a good idea.

Ice: Extremely important to ice the injured area to relieve some of the inflammatory processes the body puts into play after an injury. This is also a potent pain killer after an injury.

Compression: Some gentile compression is advised after an injury. An Ace bandage applied not too tightly thus avoiding strangling the foot is the proper method.

Elevation: Again elevation of the injured limb above waist level is another way just as the others to diminish the swelling, inflammation, and pain to the injury.

All of these treatments are easily remembered buy the simple name RICE therapy.

Other helpful tips for other types of injuries should always be kept on ones mind when giving first aid to a fresh injury or accident.

� In the instance of cuts or scrapes the wound should be cleansed with hydrogen peroxide solution, kept elevated until the bleeding is brought under control, and dressed with clean dressings until it can be seen by a health profession.

� Blisters and burns should be kept cleansed, kept dry, and dressed with clean dressings with antibiotic ointment. The temptation to bust blisters should be avoided.

� Foreign objects such as splinters, glass, metals, etc. should be sterilely, carefully, and professionally removed to ensured they are not pushed in further or worse broken off and lost.

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