Foot & Ankle Infections

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatry

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Lake Ridge, VA & Stafford, VA

Your feet are prone to infections and slow-healing wounds simply because they don’t get an adequate supply of blood, being the farthest points from your heart. Because foot and ankle infections can quickly become a serious health concern, the team of board-certified podiatrists at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers provide flexible scheduling for podiatric evaluations in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia. Book your foot and ankle infection exam online or call the clinic nearest you to schedule.

Foot & Ankle Infections Q & A

What causes foot and ankle infections?

Your feet are the furthest points from your heart, and because your circulatory system is constantly fighting the effects of gravity, tissues often don’t get the adequate oxygen and nutrients they need to heal. This is why a seemingly minor cut or wound can quickly become seriously infected.

Some of the most common causes of foot and ankle infections include:

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Athlete’s foot or fungal nails
  • Staph (bacteria) infections
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infections)

Your risk of suffering from a serious foot and ankle infection is higher if you have a weakened immune system or if you have poor blood circulation, which is common in diabetics.

When should I see a podiatrist for foot and ankle infections?

The team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers encourage you to have a comprehensive foot and ankle infection evaluation if you notice any sort of wound that isn’t healing or that heals but opens back up. It’s particularly important to schedule a podiatric exam if you notice:

  • Oozing or pus
  • Pain or tenderness 
  • Scaly or itchy skin
  • Redness or inflammation
  • Skin that’s warm to the touch

Pay attention to your toenails, too. If your toenails are discolored, foul-smelling, or break easily, the skilled podiatrists at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers can help.

How are foot and ankle infections treated?

Your dedicated podiatrist at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers examines your feet and ankles and talks with you about your symptoms. After getting to the root of your foot or ankle infection and diagnosing you, your podiatrist can:

  • Clean and bandage your wound
  • Show you how to care for your wound
  • Trim your toenails or remove ingrown toenails

You might need a prescription-strength topical antibiotic or antifungal creams or oral medications. Rest assured, no matter how minor or how severe your foot or ankle infection might be, the dedicated team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers can help you heal and get relief from discomfort.

Schedule your foot and ankle infection evaluation at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers today. You can book either online or over the phone.