Burns of the ankle or foot can result from contact with hot liquids, steam, or any source of heat. They can also be caused by friction and contact with hot objects, including fire, hot surfaces, or chemical burns.
A physical examination will be done to assess the severity of the injury and to check for any other injuries or complications. The doctor may order imaging such as X-rays or MRI scans if there is a suspicion of a fracture or other injury to the bone.
Differential diagnosis includes other injuries to the ankle or foot such as fractures, lacerations, sprains, and contusions.
Treatment of a burn to the ankle or foot depends on the severity of the injury. Minor burns can be treated at home with cool compresses and over-the-counter pain medications. For more severe burns, medical treatment may be necessary. This may include pain medication, antibiotics, and skin grafting.
The prognosis for a burn to the ankle or foot is generally good, though it may take some time for the wound to heal properly. If the burn is deep and extends into the muscle or bone, the recovery time may be longer and there may be a risk of long-term complications.