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By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia
January 27, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Injury  

One of the most common athletic injuries has to do with your feet: the ankle sprain. And while an ankle sprain is one of the most common athletic injuries, others can occur. These include turf toe, a stress fracture of the foot or a broken foot.

When you experience a foot injury on the playing field or during practice, some mild to moderate injuries can be easy to try to pass off as something that will get better or that you can tough out. However, there are a few indicators that your foot injury foot injurywarrants further medical attention - even if you can still walk on your foot. These include:

• Excessive swelling. If your foot is swelling and showing no signs of stopping, this can be the sign of a more serious injury. This is especially true if the swelling is so significant that you cannot move your foot easily.

• You cannot place weight on your foot. If putting weight on your foot causes intense, shooting pain or is so unstable you cannot put weight on it without being afraid you will fall over, these are concerning signs your foot injury is serious.

• Excessive bruising and skin discoloration. If your foot is discolored on a large portion of your foot or your skin is discolored, such as being bright red and inflamed, seek medical attention.

Some signs of an athletic foot injury may be less subtle, but also should be taken seriously. For example, you can experience a small foot fracture that causes pain for a few days, but may not have enough time to heal. This can set you up for a more significant fracture later on. We emphasize that our Stafford or Lake Ridge, VA patients listen to their feet and bodies, watching for pain, swelling or bruising. If you notice these symptoms, it is important to rest your foot and give it sufficient time to heal before resuming foot-pounding athletic activities that could worsen an injury.

If you suspect you may have experienced an athletic foot injury, call our Stafford or Lake Ridge, VA podiatrist’s office today!

By Lake Ridge Foot & Ankle Center
January 26, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Infections  

Foot infections are proof that something as small as a scrape or cut can become dangerous to your health. The most common causes of foot infections are scrapes, cuts, burns or other traumatic damage to your foot that can allow bacteria, fungi or viruses to infiltrate your foot. Symptoms of a foot infection include pain, swelling, redness, streaking, pus drainage or warmth at the infected area. You Foot Infectionsare especially vulnerable to these infection types if you are a have diabetes, because your wound may not heal as quickly as someone who does not have diabetes.

If you think you may be experiencing a foot infection, it is important to seek care quickly at our Lake Ridge or Stafford podiatrist offices. Treating a minor infection requires fewer interventions and has a greater success rate than treating a more advanced infection, such as one that involves the bone or begins to infect your entire body.

One of the first steps in treating a skin infection is determining the nature of the infection. Bacteria respond to certain types of antibiotics, so we may take a swab of your infected foot to determine what bacteria types are growing there. If the infection is mild, you can likely take oral antibiotics as a means to reduce the infection. If the infecting organism is more serious, such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), IV antibiotics in a hospital setting may be required.

In addition to antibiotic therapy, proper wound care for the foot is vital. This can include debridement or removing dead skin tissues from the foot to encourage healing. Applying wound-healing creams and applying a bandage on the wound to prevent further infection from occurring. Note, however, that wrapping the entire foot is not always a good idea for protecting your wound. This is because wrapping the wound could affect your circulation to your foot, which impacts healing. Proper wound care is an example of why it is so important to consult a medical professional when you have a foot wound, no matter how small it may be.

A foot infection can be a serious condition. If you suspect you may have a foot infection, please call our Lake Ridge or Stafford podiatry offices today.