Create a Foot First Aid Kit Today
Foot pain can prevent you from everyday activities, or even from being able to go to work. One way to prevent this from happening is to create a small Foot First Aid Kit to keep around your home to prevent and handle emergencies. Here are some ideas from Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM for its contents:
· Alcohol Wipes, Antibiotic Ointment and Bandages – Small nicks and cuts can easily become infected, especially in patients with diabetes. Be sure that your kit contains alcohol wipes to clean and sterilize, antibiotic ointment to prevent infection, and bandages to cover and protect your wound.
· Hydrocortisone Cream – Bug bites and rashes on the feet tend to itch terribly, and scratching can expose you to infection. A bit of over the counter steroid cream can make a big difference.
· Instant Ice Packs and Anti-inflammatory Medication – The sooner you apply a cold compress to an injury, the more likely you will be able to reduce pain and minimize swelling. Keep a couple of disposable instant chemical ice packs and some over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen in your first aid kit.
· Tweezer – A foreign object in your foot can lead to infection. If you get a splinter or step on a bit of glass, sterilize the area with an alcohol wipe and gently use your tweezer to remove the item. Cover any wound with some antibiotic ointment and a bandage.
· Wrap Bandage – If you twist your ankle, you’re going to need to support it until you can get medical attention. Pick up a long elastic bandage and some clips for your kit.
· Emergency Contact Information – With years of specialized training and experience, your board-certified podiatrist is the best-qualified medical professional to treat any injury to your feet or ankles. Write down the practice’s phone number, laminate it, and tape it to the inside of your foot first aid kit.
If you’ve injured your foot or ankle, or if you have any other concerns about your foot health, it’s time to visit the podiatrist for examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Schedule an appointment in our comfortable Pikesville office today. Call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care’s friendly staff at 443-872-7052 or click here to get started.