Management of foot burns with an emphasis on high-risk groups
Maitz, P. K.,
Management of foot burns with an emphasis on high-risk groups.
Australian Journal of General Practice, 50 (9).
Burns injuries are dynamic and evolve over time. Burn injuries to the feet present with seasonal variation, affecting clinical outcomes for certain high-risk groups. Although they affect a very small percentage of the body, burn injuries to the feet can affect mobility, morbidity and rehabilitation, particularly in patients with diabetes.
The aim of this article is to provide an understanding of seasonal variation in foot burns for high-risk groups and how to manage them appropriately. This article provides a comprehensive analysis on epidemiology, pathology and management, with the aim of providing guidance for general practitioners (GPs).
The management of foot burns is multidisciplinary, involving GPs, allied health specialists, nurses, medical and surgical specialties. The epidemiological variations of these injuries have shown differences in clinical outcomes among high-risk groups such as the elderly and people with diabetes. Education and prevention are crucial in reducing the rate of injury in the rising number of patients in high-risk groups.
Burns, General practitioner, Burn management, Multi-disciplinary treatment, Diabeties