A first-degree foot burn, which causes redness, pain, and mild swelling only on the surface of the skin, will often heal within 3-6 days as the damaged skin cells flake and fall off. A small second-degree burn, which affects deeper layers of the skin and can cause blistering, will take longer to heal; usually 2-3 weeks. More severe burns, including large second-degree burns and any third-degree burn, require immediate medical attention and do not have a standard recovery time.
To help the healing process of more minor burns, use antibiotic cream, keep the wound cleanly bandaged, and try to stay off the affected foot as much as allowable. Circulation also helps speed recovery, so do not bandage too tightly around the burn and keep it elevated above the level of the heart when possible. For help with burns to the feet, especially those that are widespread or seem deeper than surface level, call the doctors at California Foot and Ankle Institute toll-free at (888) 796-6631. You can also call phone our two area offices: (760) 951-2000 for Victorville or (949) 833-3406 for Irvine.