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Your feet serve you well, and they are more complex than you may think. They are also prone to infections, particularly if you have a suppressed immune system, suffer from peripheral vascular disease (PVD), are diabetic or have sustained an injury. However, anyone can get one of several common foot and nail infections.
Dr. Douglas Stabile and his associate podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of North Virginia, PC provide treatment for a wide array of foot and ankle conditions of the bone, soft tissue, and skin. These Stafford podiatrists want each and every one of their patients to have the healthiest and best functioning feet possible. They want you to know about common foot infections.
Cellulitis of the foot or ankle exhibits areas of red, tender, warm skin. Staph and strep bacteria are the most common infective agents, often gaining access through an ingrown toenail or trauma to the foot.
Athlete's Foot is a fungal infection of the skin and toenails. Tinea pedis is the cause, and because it thrives in damp, dark shoes and wet areas such as swimming pool decks and shower stalls it's hard to keep free of Athlete's Foot and fungal toenails. Characterized by red, cracked itchy skin, especially between the toes, or by yellowed, darkened, thick toenails, fungal infections are treated with local anti-fungal creams and other interventions.
Pain, fever, chills and localized redness and swelling characterize osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone in the foot or other areas of the body such as the long bone of the leg. The American Podiatric Medical Association states that this common infection often begins elsewhere and travels to the foot. Injury, diabetes, PVD and long-term use of catheters and IV lines set the stage for osteomyelitis. Injury, such as a dog bite, or implantation of a prosthetic joint and related hardware, are other common causes. Treatment includes debridement of diseased tissue and antibiotics.
Prevention of Foot Infections
Besides annual foot exams (and as needed check-ups for diabetic patients), Dr. Stabile advises common sense preventive measures to avoid foot infections:
- wearing well-fitting, well-supporting shoes with wide toe boxes
- changing socks every day
- washing feet daily and drying thoroughly, especially between the toes
- exercise, including stretching, as needed
- wearing shower sandals near swimming pools and in locker rooms
Come to See Us
The Institute for Preventive Foot Health rightly states that your feet are the main supports and means of day to day mobility. Stafford podiatrist Dr. Stabile and his friendly staff at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of North Virginia, PC provide a wide array of ways to keep your feet healthy and you pain-free and moving. Call the office today at 540-720-0700 if you have a question or concern or need to schedule a regular check-up.
Learn more about common foot infections and how they could spell trouble for your health.
Our feet put up with a lot of abuses, so it may not be surprising that just like anywhere else on the body your feet are also susceptible to developing infections. Infections range from mild to severe and can cause further complications for your foot health if left untreated. Find out if your symptoms are indicative of a foot infection and when to see your Stafford foot doctor Dr. Douglas Stabile for treatment.
What are the symptoms of a foot infection?
An infection of the foot can occur after an injury or skin wound, but an injury doesn’t have to occur for an infection to develop. Here are the telltale signs that you may be dealing with an infection:
- Red streaks around the affected area
- Pain and swelling
- Redness or warmth near the affected area
What are some types of foot infections?
More minor infections (fungal or viral infections) may often go away on their own or only require conservative at-home care; however, more serious infections will require you to see your Stafford foot doctor for treatment. Some of these more serious problems include,
- Skin infections (cellulitis)
- Joint infection
- Bone infection
- Bursa infection
- Full-body infection (sepsis)
Those with compromised immune systems, diabetes or peripheral arterial disease are more likely than healthy individuals to develop these infections. If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions and are experiencing symptoms of an infection, it’s important that you seek treatment from your Stafford podiatrist Dr. Stabile right away to prevent further complications including amputation. Don’t ignore your symptoms and wait for them to go away. The majority of foot problems will require medical attention.
If you are experiencing foot problems or symptoms that could be indicative of an infection then it’s time you turned to your Stafford podiatrist Dr. Stabile for help. Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia is here to get you back on your feet in no time.
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 are 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.