Treatment for 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 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.

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Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC

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